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Uncle Jimmy last won the day on August 22 2019

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  1. Tidy cars them 404s, suspension will be long travel like all the French stuff, worm diff too so bulletproof. Compare to the British equivalent, the Austin Cambridge....
  2. Mine was leaking like a sieve when I bought it. Easy enough to silicone around the pollen filter box. The blower motor was also not working, got my arm in there with some WD40 and pushed the motor spindle to and fro. Got it going and then greased it. Its lasted over a year since then. GM era Saabs ain't a patch on the real deal but they're cheap enough rammel so I'm not complaining.
  3. The '73 fuel crisis might have had a little to do with it too; some fantastic motors were in the pipeline before then, only to be cancelled or at least modified.
  4. 'Vauxhall and Rover', I'm suprised that Rover sanctioned Winchester motor co. popping V8s in Vauxhalls, even if they were GM ones.
  5. Tidy as fuck that; very much my sort of motor, shame so little of that age that's in decent nick turns up anymore, Jealous I R!
  6. You play a V8 Vedette, I raise you a Matford V8. Old French cars are fantastic, in fact most French cars up to the end of the last century have much to offer.
  7. 'Climate', was that an early admission of guilt by those beancounting scallywags I wonder.
  8. Did they ever make Yuppies oop North? I thought they were something that only us down here were blessed* with. I hated the 80s with a passion, although with a little hindsight the cars were alright. Had an accident in a 340/360 and it looked after us pretty darned well considering the speed of the impact.
  9. Big fan of the Voldafs, bin them wheels though- bloody awful
  10. Gone to meet it's maker, a busted waterpump pump and a house move saw to it. I also sold my '96 as well as the Datsun 120Y I owned.
  11. Well, I feel better about some of my balls ups. Suck it up; get a head gasket kit in and fix it; isn't that what Autoshite is about?
  12. The XJ6 was renowned for it's suspension on it's release, in fact it was thought to be the best in the world at the time. Whether that continued through into more modern cats I don't know. In terms of 'modern' cars ride is a difficult find, we've had 20 plus years of daft low profile tyres, shock absorbers that don't absorb and springs that world suit a Tiger tank. An LS400 would be good, maybe some Infiniti or other high end Jap stuff, Benzes that run on air. My current Saab '93 has hard suspension to me at least and it was purportedly turned down a bit on later cars. The W124 I owned was good.
  13. The 604 had fantastically good ride, being a passenger over long distances in one was a pleasure; driving one, at least a V6, wasn't too bad either.
  14. The world is changing, prices may stay the same but values are dropping; I see a lot of stuff hanging around for month after month, some cars have been for sale for years. If you have a fundamentally sound car of a favoured variety, describe it honestly, photograph it well and put it out there at a competative price, it will fly off the shelves. Otherwise be prepared to put up with a lot of tyre kickers and a very long wait.
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