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    Uncle Jimmy reacted to dugong in 2015 Autoshite calendar dump   
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    Uncle Jimmy reacted to vulgalour in Right Royal Rot   
    I've stumbled across some pictures on the PC of a Princess I went to view as a donor over in Rotherham.  Since the house move I've lost the guy's details, but he had a wealth of other interesting chod (including a silver S3 Allegro with Paprika interior) some of which were for sale.
     
    Even by my standards, this Princess was too far gone to restore.  It did have most of the bits I needed for mine like the front wing (already a replacement on this car) and straight front metal, a few bits of trim and a valuable running E series 6 cylinder which I could have sold to recoup my costs.  He did want more for the car than I wanted to pay, but since I was at the time in a bit of a pickle I was prepared to pay it... 
     
    Then there was Drama and 2 house moves and all sorts of other things and since then I've lost his details.  Shame really, he had a good eye for interesting old cars and quite a neat collection.
     

     

     

     

     

     
    I'm thinking I'm going to put more pictures of rotten Princesses in here, it makes me feel better about my own.
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    Uncle Jimmy reacted to vulgalour in Right Royal Rot   
    Last one for now, because the other pictures I have are ones other people have taken.  I thought 2013 was to be the last year of the rotten Princess, but in 2014 I bought, with actual cash money, this orange slice of joy.  Another tip off from another friend, Captain Slow in this instance.  It seemed pretty solid, I nearly swapped it for the beige car... until I started poking the crusty looking bits.
     

     
    £250 delivered.  That's slightly under the going rate for a condition 3 Princess and probably too much.  But the wealth of spares this car would yield meant it was worth it to me, there was very little left when I'd finished picking all the bits off it.
     
    The doors were a work of art.  Where they look rusty they are, where they look solid there's a lot of fibreglass.  They are still repairable and will be repaired, but only because good doors are so hard to get hold of.

     
    It was the high* quality repairs that stopped me saving this car and instead turned my focus on the beige one as it needed less work.  The sills were full replacements, but attached with the same level of care.

     
    My wheel arch on this side is bad, but not as bad as this.

     

     
    It's not chocolate, it's fibreglass, rot and Finnigans rust treatment.

     

     
    Some of the repairs to this car were spectacular.

     
    It was the sheer extent of the rust that was most surprising.  Anything structural had gone, anything not structural had gone... the car needed so much work restoring it was just completely untenable.
     

     
    Petrol tank.

     
    So yeah... this one ended up as a big pile of spares and a small pile of scrap, as you'll know from the build thread.  It does prove that the rumours of Princess' capacity to rot are not entirely unfounded!
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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from Vince70 in Ford Cougars   
    More to the point had he drunk his usual 10 pints at lunchtime before getting behind the wheel.
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    Uncle Jimmy reacted to Wilko220 in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    This might sink without trace...

     

    However, as new members have been unable to register for so long, it's likely we'll have a large influx of new folk over the coming days. I thought it might be worth starting a thread for such people to introduce themselves to the more established Autoshiters, tell us about their motoring habits and the like.

     

    Just so this isn't a wasted visit for the rest of you, here's a picture of some crazy guys with a Talbot Alpine 

     



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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from brickwall in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Fibreglass and a galvanised chassis. Come armageddon the only things left will be cockroaches and plastic Lotus's. Interior trim and electrics are where Lotus's fail miserably.
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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from Skizzer in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    When I'm on the desktop I shall endeavour to upload some pics of the blue 164 barge and past indiscretions.
    Volvos are like elderly relatives, you love them and don't want to take them on holiday to Switzerland but feel mildly embarrassed being seen with them.
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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from Essex V6 in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Evening all you shiters. New member here, will be adding my tuppence worth of shite to discourse here from time to time.
    I've been a shite admirer for about 10yrs now, it has worsened since I hit 40 and led to the acquisition of '70s Volvos, crusty Fiats and indestructible plastic Lotus's.
    The affliction is chronic now but I can handle it.
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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from cms206 in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    When I'm on the desktop I shall endeavour to upload some pics of the blue 164 barge and past indiscretions.
    Volvos are like elderly relatives, you love them and don't want to take them on holiday to Switzerland but feel mildly embarrassed being seen with them.
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    Uncle Jimmy got a reaction from Skizzer in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    Evening all you shiters. New member here, will be adding my tuppence worth of shite to discourse here from time to time.
    I've been a shite admirer for about 10yrs now, it has worsened since I hit 40 and led to the acquisition of '70s Volvos, crusty Fiats and indestructible plastic Lotus's.
    The affliction is chronic now but I can handle it.
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