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RayMK

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    Retired in 2008, now 71 years old (2020). 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. You are lucky. I can't walk at all on ice unless I use a rollator (zimmer frame on wheels) and then look like a much older bastard than you. A Canadian aunty gave me some spiky things which attach to my walking sticks. They work but are probably classed as offensive weapons these days, hence the GT zimmer 😃.
  2. Not much snow here but enough to stop me going outside - walking sticks on snow do not feel secure. Nevertheless, a '94 Tipo through dirty windows, also starring a Wilesco steamroller (1966), a birthday card still standing from Oct 2020 and a self-build wooden cargo plane from 1979. I couldn't quite get a pork pie in view. I'm full and can't squeeze it in. Trouble is, I did not realise all 8 of them go out of date today - I only bought them on Friday.
  3. The above excerpt echoes my experience in 1992ish in another US Cavalier based (J class) platform, the Pontiac Sunbird. We drove (I was a passenger on this trip) from Albuquerque to the Los Alamos museum (of bomb fame) via Santa Fe and returned via the Valles Caldera National Preserve, all on a hot summer's day. With the aircon on full, the Sunbird barely maintained reasonable road speed up the gradients in the Caldera area but the autobox made lots of fuss searching for non-existant crawler gears whilst the engine made lots of noise. On the way to Santa Fe we saw a Citroen DS with its bonnet
  4. The Reliant is a 1959ish Regal MKV, distinguishable from the MVI by its shallower windscreen, short gutter and separate winkers and sidelights, but otherwise very similar to my '61 MKVI pictured in black and white (as near as I could get it) - it's still in my garage in roadworthy condition.
  5. If it's flexible rubber or plastic, I've got one behind our upstairs WC. It's a metric to imperial waste pipe adaptor. Otherwise, no idea.
  6. A wonderful selection to have actually driven! However, the above made my eyebrows flutter somewhat: 'Transverse?" The earlier and similar looking F89 had a transverse twin but the triples had longitudinally mounted in line units - unless you were driving a special. There has, after all, been at least one Saab 96 triple modified to have a 2stroke 6 cylinder engine though I can't recall how it was configured. The first and only straight 6 that I've driven (owned) was a BMW 520i (E28). It was the superb engine which caused me to buy it. You've driven far more types than I could even hope
  7. As a past owner of two Volvo 66s I could not fail to like a rare DAF post. Although I'm old enough to remember these devices, I can't recall ever seeing one. Many people tried to run their ordinary cassette recorders from the car's electrics, me included. The results were usually poor and only acceptable for layby background music. Engine noise easily drowned the typically <1watt cassette player.
  8. A familiar thread title..... This is how I replied last time.
  9. Use and enjoy while keeping it looking presentable and preserving structural integrity so that it's tolerably safe. The snag is that if you grow to love the car you'll want to 'save' it from the inevitable ravages of time. This will test your moral fibre as well as your skills and your purse. I loved my Hyundai Stellar. I know, the world is a strange place full of even stranger folks. Anyway, I owned it from 2010 to 2017 and enjoyed it. It was my 2nd experience of Stellar ownership. Age and health caused me to part with it. Rust was its main problem. Subsequent owners have managed t
  10. I resisted that one when I first saw it on eBay over three years ago. Since then, my ability to take on projects has further deteriorated. Next year, just maybe, I'll sell my Reliant and then see if any Chinese electric 3 wheelers could take its place. Although some are advertised in the UK under misinterpreted 'Class 3 mobility scooter' rules i.e. no licence or insurance required, I've yet to see anyone legally register one for road use. Most of these proper cabin type electric 3 wheelers can do nearly 30mph and carry one or more passengers plus the driver whereas the more obviously mobility
  11. My 1986 Invacare class 2 (pavement, 4mph flat out) mobility scooter makes a similar noise, unlike modern scooters which are almost silent. Perhaps it's the transmission making the noise - mine is chain. Prior to my current ancient scooter I had an even older Everest & Jennings Runaround, a front wheel drive 3 wheeler which had a lot of transmission noise from its worn gear drive. Sadly, that one could not be repaired and ended its days at the recycling yard. In the 1950s, elderly disabled chaps often used hand cranked transport of similar appearance to the Harding. I fancied one for years
  12. Yes, true. I should have made it clear - the old machine will be replaced with a new one. I last replaced a drum bearing about 20 years ago i.e. about 5 machines ago. There used to be a place in Banbury which sold domestic appliance spares to the few who wanted to defer the throw away society for a year or two. I also replaced a tumble dryer thermistor and belt at about the same time but don't bother with tumble dryers now. The dishwasher shelf collapse was caused by the plastic coating the ordinary steel basket/shelf wearing away, allowing corrosion in the salty water and hence structu
  13. Similarly, our washer has got main bearing trouble and I was planning to order a new one next week. It makes one hell of a racket, so I've set the rev limiter to 500rpm - it still works, but for how long? The dishwasher top shelf collapsed a few months back but there's just the two of us and we manage with the lower shelf only. Again, the plan was to replace the dishwasher next week. The upstairs loo flush failed a couple of weeks ago, now requiring violent handle action to get it to do the business after we've done ours. You get the general drift - replacement innards was planned for next
  14. A minor Tipo update. After its recent £916 welding/MOT indulgence it has had the good grace to continue to be reliable and pleasant to drive. I splashed out a further £23 for a pair of tailgate struts last week because my swearing when my skull was attacked by the hatch catch was upsetting the neighbours. Last week in a fit of man logic regarding what the hell to do with 50 or so cassettes cluttering up my hi-fi, the answer became clear. Replace the Tipo's aftermarket Radio/CD player with a radio/cassette player. This would enable me to play my way through the cassettes to see which were worth
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