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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. Fabulous! That's my era. I used to get 1d for each year of age as weekly pocket money, so in 1958 that would have been 8d. After the daily temptations of sweet cigarettes, sherbet fountains and 3d jamboree bags, saving for a Matchbox toy would take weeks and Dinky toys were usually a holiday purchase once per year. I've still got 90% of the toys I had at that age, plus a few earlier Dinkys which I bought from a 2nd hand shop when we lived in Southsea in 1961 - they were 3d each.
  2. ....and the front wheel and arch seems further back than a Lancia's.
  3. I thought Lancia Aurelia but would have preferred to see a bit more of it to be sure.
  4. Given a suitable opportunity, I'd like a current model Daihatsu Taft and/or a Tata Nano (with the optional fire extinguisher). For my performance car choice, a Bond 875 and for pure nostalgia a Ford Taunus 17m estate like my dad's.
  5. Is this the definition of an optimist? As much as I love rear engined Skodas, I'll pass on this one. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202108156263474?model=Estelle&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=Used&sort=datedesc&radius=1500&advertising-location=at_cars&make=SKODA&include-delivery-option=on&postcode=hp180nz&page=1
  6. It was a Siva Edwardian. I used to see one of them in Aylesbury when I lived there in the 1970s, though I was more interested in the Siva Saluki which was also around at the time. Aylesbury was Siva's sales centre.
  7. I ruled it out for the same reason - and because the crease line is crisper on the mystery car.
  8. 1990s. For me, it was from one extreme to the other. My CX GTI Turbo 2 was such an effortless speed machine that I feared for my licence. Then its clutch slipped occasionally during hard acceleration. 16 hours labour + parts was the quote. Expensive. I sold it in a hurry to a very knowledgable guy who was equipped to do the job, so I did not feel guilty. I urgently needed something, anything to replace it for my daily 27 miles each way commute. On a dark, miserable evening after a search of the local free paper ads I saw a £200 MK1 Fiesta with MOT. That would do. £20 reduction because the brakes felt iffy. They failed on the drive home. Handbrake was good! With a new master cylinder (£30), this horrible, unrefined thing which sounded like a powered biscuit tin was annoyingly reliable for a couple of years. Annoying because I could not invent a convincing reason for the management to approve its replacement. I sold it for £50 to a colleague and the damned thing motored on for several more years.
  9. For the last 3 months my Reliant Regal MKVI has been stuffed further in to my garage to make room for my son's motorcycle. Access to the Reliant is thus limited even more than previously to someone with my athletic* abilities. I last ran the engine and moved the car on 14th October 2020. Apart from an occasional mop around to evict spiders, I've not touched it since. Today, still with very little enthusiasm to start it because of the difficulty of actually getting in to it, I strained every joint and have probably bruised my shins as well but managed to get in. I had prepared by charging the battery yesterday. Turning the ignition key gave a normal response on the dashboard i.e. oil and charge light came on, so I turned the key further to engage the starter. All sounded normal but it did not fire on the first three 20 second attempts - it always takes a while for the fuel system to prime. On the fourth attempt it fired and idled smoothly on choke for about a minute, then died. I checked for fuel flow: Zero. Could be that the tank is empty or, more likely, bunged up because of the long period of inactivity. I'll have to syphon mucky fuel out of the tank next time and put some fresh stuff in, though now is not the time to visit a petrol station with a jerry can. Anyway, the engine sounded fine and with a bit of effort with the car out of the garage it should run ok. Waiting for next time could take quite a while. These days, mojo for doing anything to cars except getting in and driving is lacking. Fortunately, my '94 Tipo and modern Mirage at least allow me to do that.
  10. Absolutely brilliant news! Resist the temptation to put a Hyabusa engine in your Invacar and I hope you can soon enjoy the greater independence and freedom that car ownership can give.
  11. Its MOT history indicates that it has already had a few weldathons but the end result is a car which, as you say, needs work. Lots of work, I reckon. There are lots of wavy edges and the fit of the driver's door is peculiar. It appears to be slightly open but the top and bottom seem to indicate it is closed. I can see some details of the inside edge of the door which ruled out there being a black plastic bump strip causing visual confusion. As much as I like GSAs, I certainly would not look at that one even if the seller (provocativewoman !!) was offering inducements.* * Unlikey in any case if she saw me 😃.
  12. I've seen quite a few cars advertised by portacabin type dealers for an above average price, based on the 'exceptionally low mileage.' A quick check of MOT history often shows normal annual mileage progression until the early 2000s, then the accumulated 80K or whatever mysteriously drops by 50K or more and starts rising again by normal amounts in subsequent years, resulting in for example, a MK1 Focus (notorious for speedo/dashboard failures and thus replacement with NOS or low mileage 2nd hand spares), with 56K on the clock instead of >100K. This does not necessarily mean that it is a clapped out wreck but it will deter me from travelling far to have a look.
  13. MKIII and IV only had a wiper on the driver's side, probably because Reliant always struggled to keep the vehicle weight within the limits for tricycle taxation and driving licence requirements. Two wipers followed on the MKV and VI, so they must have chiselled away at material thicknesses or thinned down the rubberised horsehair rear seat cushioning.*
  14. True, but it's earlier than mine which is a MKVI. From the narrow front and separate bumper I'd say it was a MKIII or MKIV. People used to add a front bumper to MKIVs which were generally sold bumper less.. The MKV (shallow front screen, separate front side and indicator lights below headlights and a roof gutter only over the front doors) and the MKVI (deeper front screen, single indicator lights below the headlights, roof gutter over doors and rear side windows plus a pronounced roof lip over the rear screen) both share the wider front. Also, whereas the MKIII and IV could have a front bumper fitted on brackets, the V and VI had a bumper shaped body moulding on to which metal bumpers fitted snuggly and directly. In either case, the front bumper was of cosmetic value only. There is no metalwork immediately behind the front panel. The whole front moulding is held on by the wooden A posts and the chassis cross rail which bridges across the upturned front chassis rails just in front of the bonnet hatch and above engine height. MKII and IV Regals were never a common sight back in their era but a chap at college had a MKIII which regularly carried 3 burly rugby players plus driver, also a rugby player, to local sports fields.
  15. I'll have to try *Lucozade. It seems to have kept you cheerful despite the daunting task(s) ahead. *Note: For my morale. It won't help my welding because I can't.
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