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    Retired in 2008, now 70 years old (2019). Interests? Well, anything that's interesting. Currently own a 1961 Reliant Regal MKVI Saloon (since 1992) Previously mentioned Stellar and Tipo are now with new owners but my son and I may buy the '94 Tipo 1.4ie back in the new year. 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. 14/01/19 update: I bought the Tipo back from my son's friend a few days ago. It will need MOT rectification work (brakes, track rod ends, front spring and a CV boot clip, no bodywork) and should be road legal on 16th Jan 2019 (further update: Now in regular use).


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  1. Thank you. The Reliant is 58 years old and probably more stableπŸ˜€.
  2. Today I was presented with this excellent edible Reliant by my son, made by one of his colleagues from work. It made reaching 70 with a Reliant more bearable (i.e. possible 😁).
  3. Slightly similar story here. 1967 (I is old), passed my test first time in Germany (BFG test) on a 50cc Peugeot moped. Annoyingly, this was not valid when we returned to the UK in 1969. Graduated to a CZ175 in 1971 and passed the bloody test again first time. Got married and bought a knackered Reliant 3-25 saloon in 1973 and self-taught myself to drive. It caught fire on the way to work in 1975 and I ordered a brand new 2CV6 with the aid of the insurance and man maths. Delivery was six weeks. Snag: I had not passed my car test. Had 5 lessons to unlearn any* bad habits in a driving school Triumph Toledo. Passed test 1st time in the Toledo (cramped driver's footwell is my only memory of the car) and picked up the 2CV6 a week later. The Toledo did not prepare me for the weird gear change and, not being a sailor, the lean angles of the 2CV6 were disconcerting for a few miles.
  4. I have often wondered about directional alloys but have never walked round to view the other side. I agree that it's annoying and would annoy me if I owned a car so equipped.
  5. Certain styles of alloy wheel with mismatched spokes versus wheel bolts e.g.
  6. Yep. That's why I find it attractive. No stupid pretence trying to make a car have a face. Most current designers give their blobs a shouty, aggressive front believing it to be a face. To me, such nonsense merely endows the car with pointless wrinkles and kinks which, together with oversized wheels and low profile tyres, replicates what manufacturers of cheap toys were doing in the 1980s and later. Elegance, with one or two exceptions, has died a death. Alfa is probably the only mainstream brand that can still do it and Peugeot has at last locked its blob designers in the broom cupboard, resulting in some half decent looking cars going in to production. Does it matter if a car looks good? Yes. I could not buy a Nissan Juke because it takes eye watering goppyness to an extreme πŸ˜πŸ˜….
  7. I'm not one for fussy styling or silly 'faces,' so the Tesla Model 3 does it for me. Photo courtesy of By Carlquinn - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65368295
  8. All I can see is an ugly thing with spray-on tyres and tiny windows.
  9. I've got a small scale Wolseley police car with that type of corrosion (zinc pest?). Somewhere I've got a prewar or possibly post war re-issue Dinky post van which my dad found in his garden at Peterborough in 19eighty something. I restored it in the 1990s but it kept throwing its paint off. I can't find it in my storage boxes though there is a lot of grey dust. Perhaps it has dissolved. The Land Rovers above are nice models. I used to have an RAF Corgi Land Rover which pulled a Thunderbird missile on a four wheeled two axle steered trailer. I have not seen either for decades. I do have an AA Land Rover by one of the lesser known Dinky sized manufacturers - it's not a wonderful representation but I like it. Have also got a Spot-On long wheelbase LR. The only Fords in my collection are an American Thunderbird by Matchbox, a Prefect, again by Matchbox and two largish Model As by Hubley - saloon and station wagon which I have shown on here a while ago.
  10. When I bought the Gold Medal Edition in 2010 it at least had the decency to get from Carlisle to Northants without difficulty. The breakdown was saved for a few days later when the points disintegrated. Will this be an AA fix and get home or a recovery? Good luck either way.
  11. The continuing saga of my '94 Tipo's sticking clutch pedal. Last Thursday it stuck a few times during a day trip. When I got home I got in to the contortions necessary to inspect and oil the pedal pivot components (again). This was a mistake. I'm no longer the lithe athlete that I may have been (doubtful), resulting in my knackered body objecting strongly to the forced bending and twisting. A painful pulled something or other has made the last few days quite miserable. Thankfully there are signs that it's easing now. Meanwhile, the effort made no difference to the random sticking of the clutch pedal. During yesterday's drive it stuck about 4 times at various positions past half way on its return stroke. Pulling it back up with my foot has become second nature. The clutch itself is working fine. I'm beginning to suspect the clutch master cylinder. Although the master and slave cylinders show no sign of leakage, I think I may get one replaced, then the other and hope that that cures it. Note the term of delegation. I do not want another week of extreme discomfort. This will not stop me driving it in the meantime. Having a car with tyres and suspension that can swallow the condition of local roads is far more relaxing than my modern Mirage which sometimes gets caught out - not just by unavoidable potholes but sometimes just through lack of front suspension travel when going over sudden mild looking undulations. The bang it makes makes an occasionally sticking clutch pedal an easy winner.
  12. I lived in Aylesbury in the early 1970s when Siva were quite active in marketing the Saluki and then the Llama. Both were certainly attracting attention with their weird looks and poor finish, the Saluki adding impracticality to the equation. I saw the Saluki driving around on many occasions. At about this time a colleague bought one of the many MG look-alike kits. He enjoyed the build and made a very good job of it. Driving it was another matter. Despite endless fiddling with the suspension it remained uncomfortable and could only hold the road acceptably if the road was straight and billiard-table smooth. I can't remember the make of the kit except that it was not a Spartan. Many years later (2007) I bought a Ginetta G26 2nd hand. The previous owner had squeezed a Cologne Ford V6 automatic in to the space normally occupied by a manual Pinto. It was appalling to drive, hopelessly unreliable but somehow I almost liked it, particularly the looks and practicality. Trying to cure its numerous imperfections in the end destroyed my enthusiasm and it was sold after about 18 months ownership, around 75% of that time being undrivable due to electronic and mechanical problems. I'm now too old to entertain such trouble.
  13. RayMK

    eBay tat volume 3.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1988-Hyundai-Pony-1-5-GLS-Automatic-1-elderly-owner-18000-miles-rare-opportunity/113870952698?hash=item1a833cd8fa:g:-d4AAOSwnhNdaOOj Interesting* but a bit pricey.
  14. Knowingly driving an unroadworthy car and then having an accident would probably have the driver in deep trouble, regardless of whether it's MOT exempt.
  15. The Tipo's sticking clutch pedal put on a repeat performance with my son driving last weekend. It stuck 4 times in 15 miles. I decided to investigate further on Monday but could not get it to stick again so just squirted some oil at all pivots and the return spring in the hope that the problem will go away. The clutch itself is working fine. So far, no recurrence and I've enjoyed at least 100 miles of Tipoing this week so far. I still have not generated enough enthusiasm to fit an electric fuel pump to my Reliant. It will be a fiddly under the car job, something I'm no longer suited to. Nevertheless, today after a struggle to get in, I sat in it. Must remember to park it in the garage better next time so that the door can be opened further. It fired up without difficulty. I'll rephrase that....It started without difficulty and I let it run until thoroughly warm, made sure everything was still working, then switched off. Really must try to sort it out this year so that I can have a longer drive and regain confidence in its reliability. Have not touched my Peugeot moped either since discovering that me ever riding it again is unlikely. I need to take the carb off, clean it and see if it will then start. Probably 30 minutes work. It's on my list of things to do ..........has been for 20 years. The lack of tangible progress is the reason for my fleet not having its own thread.
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