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  1. Not bad, but I’d still rather have an R4!
  2. How a car manufacturer can go from making one of the most successful simple World cars ever, to total shite today.
  3. Thankfully, my good friend from school days (Dodgy Des) will literally take any repair job on at his garage business, he is a legend and keeps many old shitters on the road!
  4. I spotted this sad old heap at a local supermarket today, gaffer taped body repairs and homemade roof rack with a strong hint of burnt engine oil as I followed it to this parking spot. Driven by an old giffer.
  5. The dreaded word ‘corrosion’ isn't mentioned, looks too good to be cubed.
  6. My wife’s boss has just acquired this delightful vehicle, it’s been in storage for 30 odd years and doesn’t currently run but I’m sure it won’t take much to get it up and running! It has a straight 6 Petrol engine which I assume is a Daimler unit and the overall condition of the vehicle is excellent, BS6 the younger approves and hopes to have a drive when it’s running….
  7. I had a mission impossible job, I started as a salesman at an Iveco dealer when these hopeless heaps were introduced. After barely a year of selling mostly Daily vans and pickups (that are also total shite) I left. If I’d been doing the same job 20 years previous I’d have been selling bucket loads of Ford D series!
  8. I think these Commer’s with the single headlights had the Perkins 6354 engines mainly, the two stroke TS3 was in the heavier models with the same cab but with twin headlights.
  9. Indeed, my daily is an 18 year old Volvo S60 D5 which owes me nothing after 8 years of trouble free motoring and I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come as it’s only on 165,000 miles, it recently went straight through it’s MOT with no issues or advisories. The wife’s 14 year old Merc SLK and my weekend 20 year old CLK are also in very good order and I’m hoping I won’t have to buy another vehicle in my remaining years of motoring, as the most of a vehicles ‘carbon footprint’ is in the initial manufacturing process, of which Volvo have just ironically conceded is worse for their current EV range compared with ICE models, it’s the sensible choice to keep older vehicles on the road.
  10. Yes yes yes! Loving slightly embarrassing pics of the brethren of years gone by!
  11. 1986, me trying to look like Morrisey overlooking my beloved Plympton..(sorry pic is wrong way about!)
  12. My old faithful daily driver Volvo seems to be living a charmed existence currently, it developed an engine oil leak between the engine and gearbox after I stupidly over filled it (albeit slightly) when I did the annual oil/filter change recently so I feared the main crank seal had failed which is a serious job to replace on one of these, the prognosis became even more desperate when I removed the oil filler cap and a fairly loud popping noise was apparent leading me to think something within the engine had failed and maybe caused excess crankcase pressure. After a bit of online research the source of the popping noise turned out to be nothing more serious than failed vacuum engine mounts, in the true spirit of this place I effected a bodge and disconnected the vacuum supply to the engine mounts and wrapped some insulating tape around a small valve, and hey presto the popping noise stopped as has the engine oil leak! The euphoria was complete when the car went through the MOT last week needing no more than a few bulbs and handbrake adjustment, it even flew through its emissions test after I removed a completely shot EGR valve and fitted a blanking plate in its place earlier this year. From thinking the worse that might well have been the end of the road for the car after only 8 years of trouble free service, I’m happy now!
  13. Happy holiday moment in Cyprus a couple of years ago…
  14. I certainly was today as my very good friend from school days let me drive one of his cars to a local show. I’ve wanted a ‘57 Chevy since the very early 1980’s when I built a Monogram model kit of one of these and had my head turned by examples in Street machine magazine at the time. It’s some car, stunning to look at and drives lovely with loads of power and great brakes. My Ford Zodiac MK3 is seven years newer but not in the same league!
  15. I worked in a parts department of a Leyland DAF dealer back in the late 80’s early 90’s and the workshop always seemed to be filled with DAF’s with serious engine oil leaks or needing a rebuild, albeit the 825 engine as opposed to the 1160. It was a rare occurrence to see a Leyland TL11 engine in for anything other than servicing, we also had a customer who was still running a number of Scammell Routeman tippers and they were very robust and engine issues were unheard of.
  16. Oh dear no, I think the bus or tube would be preferable.
  17. That unit is knocking on a bit now, the driver looks a bit pensive with the steering wheel being on the opposite side of what he’s familiar with, not to mention driving on the left.
  18. Got chatting to the owner of this lovely old Pontiac yesterday as he filled it up with E10 and explained that the Redex fuel additive makes it fine, I don’t think so…..
  19. At a car show today I got talking to the owner of this Vauxhall HS Chevette who happened to be a retired engineer and has done a hydrogen conversion on this car, it still runs on petrol but his conversion which included a glass container of electrified water does the rest as demonstrated when he turned on the ignition! He did seem rather like the Doc from ‘Back to the future’ I love eccentricity!
  20. I probably could Nige, it’s only done 82,000…
  21. I bagged this stunning W208 320 earlier this year for banger money and I absolutely love it, no rot anywhere and a full history including the original sales invoice. It’s the nicest car I’ve ever owned and I like to drive it just for the pleasure of it, the only thing I’ve had to do so far is to replace a borked alternator.
  22. Yes I agree, the older Scania cabs were not so good especially for taller drivers, I have to duck my head when driving one of the older P series as the top of the windscreen is really low.
  23. This is correct, I drove one of these Renault’s when nearly brand new back in 2015 and it was not bad but I preferred the slightly older MAN TGX that came after but my current Scania is the best I’ve driven.
  24. It’s all gone now, back in the 1980’s I managed to bag some useful 105E bits and later on loads of Fiat 128 stuff to keep the daily drivers going, happy days.
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