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    Retired in 2008, now 71 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. I had a 2 litre '96 QX, still with the incredibly refined V6, but lacking the performance of it's larger engined brother. I can't remember ever being uncomfortable in it although I would rate the suspension as poor on country roads - a bit before its time because nearly all cars are now designed for smooth surfaces, whereas suspension should endeavour to make all surfaces feel smooth - like my CX GTi Turbo 2. Renault 20s are in the same wafty comfortable class as the 607 but equally scarce.
  2. I enjoyed that. It gave a feel for what the car is like to drive and had a few pertinent facts thrown in. I also liked the external drive by and in motion camera work. The only Lotus I've been in (haven't ever driven one) was an Excel. Although in good general condition, it felt a bit kit car-ish, an impression made stronger by the poor interior trim design and the fact that surface coverings were peeling off. It's performance nevertheless suited its sporty heritage.
  3. Could the extra condenser on the coil be a capacitor for radio interference suppression - not so much for nearby home radios but for the optional car radio? I can remember when fitting a radio to cars of the 1960s/70s that the instructions called for capacitors to be hung on all sorts of electrical components e.g. dynamo, wiper motor and heater blower. There was further advice suggesting that metal hub caps should be properly earthed to the wheels and bodywork static should be discharged to the road surface via a hanging earth strap. I did most of these things on my first car, a '67 Reliant
  4. I've delegated lawn mowing to my son. Meanwhile taking care to stay local, and avoiding any areas that tend to attract crowds during good weather, I drove my distinctly grubby Tipo to a nearby lane and stopped for a walk, also taking a few shaky photos (attached) to remind me what 'outside the house' looks like. I'm disappointed that the cosmetic repair to the Tipo's offside rear door that I did about 15 months ago has laughed at my thorough wire brushing, rust converting, zinc priming and superbly matched top coat. It's now bubbling and will have to be done again. For the moment (i.e. anyth
  5. Mine was nowhere near as bad as that but I did not have the skill to fix it (can't weld), so I reluctantly drove it to a local scrappy. Someone rescued it and I used to see it near work for another 5 years. Back then in the early 1990s they were not worth much. Now, looking back on the cars that I've owned, it is near the top of the favourites list above my 2cv6 but not quite displacing a Skoda Estelle 105 which sits at No.1. If you have the time, patience and budget, try to knock the price down a bit then buy it.
  6. Don't be too surprised if the same symptoms occur on your first longer run. If the garage found an ignition fault, fair enough. If they also flushed and checked the fuel system, followed by a decent test run, then you can proceed with reasonable confidence. I've been through a similar experience with a Japanese car. Each time it FTP'd, I was assured by the dealer that all was now well. After FTP No.3 I was getting a bit fed up and fixed the bloody thing myself but despite it then running absolutely fine my confidence in it did not return. I had never had so many FTPs before! Good luck a
  7. Frustrating indeed! Have you still got a spark though?
  8. My E28 520i only began to run hot after towing the caravan, and then only when the viscous fan had begun to degrade. I did something to mechanically lock the viscous bit so that the fan always turned at pulley speed. I hardly noticed any difference in mpg and there was no increase in noise, but it solved the problem. Nice, comfortable, refined, very well designed and constructed cars, although the outer double ball joint per side on the lower front arms became a pain at MOT time when the mileage was around 100K unless expensive BMW parts were used. Poor quality joints did not last lon
  9. You've taken the words out of my mouth. Also check the rubber fuel lines for condition and correct routing in the engine bay. Old lines can collapse internally and restrict flow without leaking. Badly routed fuel lines can cause modern fuel to turn to gas, something that the pump and carb will not like.
  10. Late one evening in lincolnshire in the 1970s, returning from a holiday in Scotland on my Peugeot BBCT moped with my friend getting inreasingly bored following on his Honda SS125 as we pottered along at 27MPH on a back road, the cloud cover cleared to reveal a bright full moon. In a move of such logic that afflicts the young, we both of course switched off our lights. About a minute later something almost had a head-on crash with us at great speed. It was a scooter rider doing exactly the same in the opposite direction and not restricted by a pathetically slow moped. It's surprising how ma
  11. I don't think so. All of the Series E that buzzed around in the 1950s had slopers. The first non-sloping fitment I saw was about 10 years ago. Wiki seems to agree. When dad had his 1933 Austin 7 box saloon, several higher ranking RAF types had Series Es which seemed ultra modern at the time, though I never had the chance to ride in one. Our A7 was sold to make way for a 1954 Hillman Minx in 1960. It was a lot faster than the A7, more comfortable and had a heater but its sidevalve engine struggled to get past 65mph, not much quicker than a Series E.
  12. People tend to replace the sloping units with whatever suitable units which will fit. The result is better lighting but awkward looks if you've always known them as having sloping headlights. Quite a common car in the 1950s.
  13. Spare tyres for obscure toys and models are a problem. I have been known to search 'O' ring catalogues for a match to pre-war and early post war Dinky toys but various specialists now sell the correct tyres for them. Spot-on tyres are difficult to find and I've yet to find reproduction tyres for my 1950s red/green era Meccano wheels - the larger sizes. Occasionally the smaller Meccano tyres come up on eBay as repros but the larger ones are usually just unused originals and as brittle as hell.
  14. I'd say, with the rust provisos of previous posters duly noted, go for it. When BAe owned Rover, we had lease cars available through work. I had, in succession, two Mini Coopers and a Mini City, all of the last fling fuel injected, rubber suspension* variety. Of course being brand new they were rust free, but they were not oil tight. Great fun to drive and they will hold four adults more easily than my Reliant Regal MK6. The boot will fit 3 Tesco carrier bags if you don't mind squashed loaves and broken eggs.
  15. Re: the Humber. I was instantly put off by the strange two toneness and did not get as far as seeing the inappropriate engine or price. Those Humbers used to rot furiously. I'm surprised this one still looks ok - apart from the colours.
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