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    Retired in 2008, now 72 years old (2021). Interests? Well, anything that's interesting. Currently own a 1961 Reliant Regal MKVI Saloon (since 1992) and a '94 Fiat Tipo 1.4ie which was my son's a few years back. I bought it back when the subsequent owner was going to scrap it because of MOT expense. Now enjoying it. It compensates for having to give up ownership of my Stellar when my health took a nasty turn in 2017. The most exotic car I've owned was a Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2, the most unreliable was a Ginetta G26 and the most boring was an Escort MK2 Automatic. A new Mitsubishi Mirage Juro CVT has been acquired after the failure of my Peugeot 205's autobox in November 2017.


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  1. Very nice. I like the green carpets - the colour works well with the bodywork and seats. I suspect that achieving absolute oil tightness from an elderly British car is asking a lot but, judging by your attention to detail and perseverance, KT may become one of very few to not mark its territory. I wish you much happy motoring.
  2. The radiator looks Leyland to me but I can't find any Hippos with the straight lower edge to the screens except for the much bulkier military versions. Perhaps it was one of the lesser known bodywork types on a Hippo chassis. I think your guess is most likely. My first guess was a Scammell R8 but the cab, radiator and windscreen(s) proportions don't quite match the photo. Maudslay was a good call - I had completely forgotten about them!
  3. I thought it was just me! My son had an MX5 a year or two ago and I was surprised that my 5'9" would not fit comfortably in the passenger seat. Driving it was a bit more comfortable. We measured the legroom each side and found the passenger side to be about 6" shorter.
  4. A couple of days ago I treated my Tipo to four new tyres. The old ones still had adequate tread but the sidewalls were cracking - as 7 year old budget tyres tend to do. £204 later, my Tipo is resplendent with Chinese budget finery. Whilst I was at the tyre place, a Tesla owner phoned for a quote and was complaining about the rate at which his car consumed tyres. The quote was £218 each corner. That made me feel better. I've had occasional non-starting behaviour from the Tipo since about a week ago, usually cured by a sharp clout on the starter solenoid. It drove on to the ramp at the tyre place just fine, but was dead when the tyre fitter tried to drive it off after fitting the new tyres. He seemed slightly amused when I told him there's a hammer in the boot - just clout the starter solenoid. He did so and the engine started. The bonnet stay came off in his hand. I told him to chuck it in the footwell and have rehomed it this evening. I've also polished the rear offside door now that the patch I de-rusted, primed, painted and lacquered has hardened. It looks smart enough at a couple of paces. I may replace the starter if it continues to misbehave. A remanufactured unit is £58 on eBay. That would do.
  5. Multimeter to the rescue perhaps? I would be checking continuity across switch terminals (switch(es) disconnected from everything) to ensure the switch is switching; checking that components which are supposed to be earthed actually are; checking end to end continuity of individual branches of the harness whilst disconnected from components, then if things have checked out in a manner unlikely to cause fire, connect all components correctly (based on earlier checks) and gingerly connect the battery with everything switched off. There should not be any significant current drain (arcing) when you do so. If all is well, check to see if volts are reaching the intended components when required. Old switches are very good at working intermittently, so be prepared to by-pass a switch temporarily to check the wiring circuit. Bear in mind that I realise you are a methodical worker and that you have probably embarked on this course of action already. At least the Lanchester's wiring is relatively simple compared with a modern car - something I try to remind myself when tackling my Reliant's occasional electrical problems which can be equally frustrating. Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing this old-school quality car mobile again.
  6. I owned a Mitsubishi i (660cc, turbocharged, automatic) from 2007 until 2014, during which I did 83K trouble free miles. These were the basis for the I-miev and were almost identical inside, so I understand the favourable comments about interior space within a very compact exterior package. Mine was suffering from corrosion coming through from the inside of panels on the bonnet and over both rear arches - which Mitsubishi refused to do anything about despite the car having a valid perforation warranty and all body inspections and servicing up to date by a main Mitsi dealer. After 83K miles the turbo and waste gate failed catastrophically and the repair was estimated to be more than the car's value. I released the vehicle for recycling - but someone in the trade bought it and it is still to this day limping on at 102K. I test drove a Smart for Four rear engined car because I liked the engineering, but interior space was very poor compared with the 'i.' If the electric one is basically the same inside, rear seat legroom is almost non-existent and the front accommodation also feels cramped compared to the i/I miev. I have yet to see any car, electric or otherwise, which combines the superb packaging of the i miev. Everything these days is bloated and heavy without offering much more interior space or practicality. SUV style vehicles are pretty hopeless in cities and narrow country lanes.
  7. Wonderful old thing! Also, what looks like the remains of a Bond 875 is lurking in the background of one of the shots.
  8. Your perseverance and evolving methods have given an excellent 'factory' end result. To avoid unforeseen embarrassment, wear black trousers/jeans and a black shirt for the first few sittings, or perhaps some old pale clothing to test the colourfastness of the refurbished leather. Keep the matches and lump hammer near KT to deter it from fighting back. Although sports cars are not my thing, yours is looking very attractive and KT should be grateful for the detailed and knowledgeable attention given by you.
  9. No. Nice reliable dials and a clock which continuously makes very mechanical whirring noises.
  10. April has nearly passed already. At the beginning of the month I drove over to Nether Winchendon where I was married in Dec 1972 and where my wife has rested since May 2007. It poured with rain so I did not get out of the car, instead stopping at Brill (windmill) to eat my packed lunch. A bit later in the month I stopped for a walk near Preston Capes and was buzzed by three army light helicopters. Today, as it was sunny and warm, I decided to go out for a drive but the Tipo did not respond to the ignition key at the Start position. No current was being drawn so I went in to my garage to find the special tool (hammer), then clouted the battery terminals and the starter solenoid. Normal service resumed after I'd hit the solenoid. I stopped after about a mile on a dusty unmade lane near Helmdon for a couple of photos next to a crop.
  11. My son bought a manual one recently and loves it. Perfectly adequate performance for his 30 miles each way commute, comfortable, and has recorded around 82mpg on the last few tankfuls of E5. His was an ultra low mileage (430) 2017 machine so has 54bhp. Current models have 58bhp, I think.
  12. That looks like the former St Nicholas church in the background (now the Slug and Lettuce Bar!) in Worcester. I can't identify the street. A lot has been demolished and rebuilt, plus pedestrianised. I think there's a Honda Acty, 1977ish peeping through the gap on the right.
  13. Crossley built 25 under licence, although I'm not sure whether these were in addition to the 12 Burney Streamline prototypes quoted elsewhere. The Crossley version appeared to have a front mounted radiator.
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