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  1. Fiat Tipo 1.4ie. It's not mine. I don't polish mine with WD40. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155372711274?hash=item242cef6d6a:g:UMgAAOSwvw5jzXt-&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAAoCrSOLrsQT1z%2B9yWTAR5mHiMfOE7Lqbo%2BAe9lkPNh7U1q57S%2FSl49e1PYHbw8P1wCO6OLp%2FKkxj1v%2FnoRrFxz6RFw8834ypm8wkvX4IC8bb7rHxpZJYrW3i0GY4u%2Ffm%2BIu8%2FbjfjGgM6ySH7I%2FmSq74HbYCDeHnXs5ZixazCK0sf%2FaRJR51aeL%2BEBYm6gJBLml%2FN1RfFJpZtej0CmhFXO5E%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR7z4pf29YQ
  2. There's an Italian guy on you tube who says the following (link): In short, he says to :- 1. Switch the ignition on but do not start the engine. 2. Press the accelerator to the floor and keep it there. 3. Press the brake pedal 7 times at roughly once per second, keeping the accelerator to the floor throughout and keeping it there for the next step. 4. Still keeping the accelerator pressed to the floor, wait for one minute then release the accelerator pedal. 5. Switch the ignition off and wait another minute. 6. You can then do a normal car engine start and the message should now be reset i.e. 'change engine oil' note gone. Set your options for subtitles and see the above from 2min-09sec.
  3. Yes. Well spotted! I had to check the grill design which I was unfamiliar with.
  4. Nice one. But what is the third car in line on the left? It is small enough to be a 30's sports car but it has hints of three wheeler about it. Edit: Bond Mark C De lux perhaps?
  5. @dozeydustman Mazda 1300 from the early 70s.
  6. A set of 3/8 drive crows foot wrenches. Used one of them once to reach a particularly awkward nut. I can't remember which car it was on but it did the trick. Anything since, that has been that awkward, has gone straight to the local garage.
  7. My '94 Tipo passed its MOT today with an advisory on a blowing back box. It needs to get used more often. Only about 900 miles done since the last MOT and has only covered 60.7K from new, so hardly a hard worked specimen. The only preparation for the MOT was an oil, oil filter, plugs and leads change on Sunday. It was too cold to give its underside and rubber gaiters an inspection (tyres are only a few months old). I did have trouble with the door locks yesterday. Both rear doors would not latch even when slammed - they just bounced open again. The grease appeared to have become ultra-viscous in the door latches but a blast of WD40 fixed that problem.
  8. The QX I had from 2005-2007 was P679EAL (which I think is a Nottingham reg.). In my working days I used to visit the USA on business - generally Seattle area - and on one occasion the only hire car available at the airport was a QX. I was disappointed as I preferred to try the various USA makers, not a bloody Nissan which I'd never heard of. However, it turned out to be a 'full size sedan,' had a decent sound system and such a refined engine and transmission that I was impressed. The memory soon faded on return to the UK but on another occasion I was offered a Toyota Camry in Seattle and took it because the alternative was an Oldsmobile Ciera which I had tried on a previous visit. The Ciera was comically appalling to drive, so the Camry won - which was quite nice. A few years later I saw an advert for QX 2litre for sale at a dealer in Sutton Coldfield. The thought of refinement and luxury tempted me to cough up £3,800 and I was initially happy. My earlier post a few pages ago shows that that did not last! After I bought mine, I saw quite a few around here (South Northants area) but they all disappeared at about the same time I got shot of mine. Ebay used to have two or three quite regularly in the early 2000s.
  9. @HMCGood luck with your purchase. My experience with a '96 model was less than perfect - quoting from my earlier post a few years ago:- When I had my Nissan QX back in 2005 (1996 model: 2 litre V6), bought to bring some refinement and Japanese reliability in to my life, I was profoundly disappointed. Refined, yes, the engine was the smoothest and quietest I've ever owned, but the suspension was poor except on motorways. Reliable? Was it hell! Three FTPs and recoveries to garages in the first three months. A Japanese car specialist diagnosed various sensor failures and replaced them. Great, I thought. Forgiven. A few weeks later it failed to start - symptoms were identical to the first time (basically, irrecoverable flooding on a cold start and a leisurely starter motor) . I got it recovered to a Nissan main dealer, described its recent past and showed them the receipts and they diagnosed another sensor as u/s and replaced it. I drove away somewhat disgruntled at yet another £100+ bill. A week later....you get the picture. I had it recovered back to the same main dealer who said they'd fixed it. They fixed it again and wanted me to pay again. I kicked up a fuss and they let me have it for free as a gesture of goodwill. A week or two later the bugger failed to start at home time. This time, I whipped the plugs out at work and roasted them in an oven, then rushed out, refitted them as quickly as possible and it started after a short struggle. I thought bollocks to bloody electronics and their equally idiotic diagnostic machines. It was (fairly) obvious to me that the starter was not spinning the engine fast enough despite the new battery fitted by the selling dealer. I bought a new starter and spent about three hours excavating a route down to the starter through a myriad of pipes and wires, fitted it, refilled the hole with all the bits I'd removed and it started as good as gold. Despite the fact that it did not FTP again in the next 30K miles, my trust in it and my faith in over-complicated electronically controlled vehicles was destroyed. One poor experience with a car can have a lasting effect. I have not even considered another Nissan since. I'm sure you will be more fortunate.
  10. Superb photos in this thread. 1. My Stellar (ex.) with a thing in the background. 2. My (current) Reliant Regal with the same thing in the background (Burton Dassett Country Park) 3. My current giffer transport in front of my Tipo (current) and Stellar (ex.)
  11. My '94 Tipo has always been outside, parked on a mainly loose shingle surface. It has had some welding underneath, nothing unusual for a 28 years old Fiat. The body panels are still in very good condition. The car does not leak in heavy rain and gets used at least once a week/25 miles. I'm not keen on covers. My son's Honda NC750x had its cover on a few weeks ago when we had some powerfully gusty winds. The cover acted like a sail and toppled the bike over, away from its side stand. My Mitsubishi Mirage broke the bike's fall with the result that it needs a new bonnet and some dents removing from the front wing. £900 to fix it. Sod that. I'm driving it as is.
  12. Our next door neighbours at RAF Bruggen (Germany) had a beige 404. I was given a lift in it a couple of times. It was a very refined and comfortable ride. I think it was fairly new. This was 1966. I've always preferred the 404 rather than the very staid Austin Cambridge/Morris Oxford Farinas.
  13. Stimson Minibug seems likely.
  14. Calling @LightBulbFun Something of possible interest near the Amazon (Volvo) in Remspoor's last post.
  15. Only just spotted this thread. Nice to see a Stellar in the last but one post. The blue and white car opposite the Imp is a Skoda Octavia.
  16. I think the earliest Matchbox Yesteryear series has its fans but the later ones lacked something and were also up against cheap competition from superficially similar offerings from the Far East. There are therefore so many about that most people are trying to get rid of them rather than collect them.
  17. I tend to agree with @loserone. You have put a lot into Katie and are now able to enjoy using her. 10 miles from concours condition or not, she reflects your exacting standards of engineering and maintenance while also accommodating your self confessed large frame courtesy of some subtle modifications. The shiny green machine may well be attractive, more so because it is calling you with its V8 voice. However, although your heart may want to say yes, living with it could, I suspect, result in extensive work after a longer term BFG inspection reveals shortcomings. It is a modified car and other people's mods are an acquired taste or an irritation until rebuilt your way. Well, you did ask 😀.
  18. A fellow pupil at Queens School, Rheindahlen had one. He just stalled it on the brake whereas my posh Peugeot BBCT had a decompression lever, as did a girl's Batavus. The Solex guy also had a lever which raised the engine and friction wheel off the front tyre. He tried to use said lever as a clutch when in stop start conditions but the engine still required pedal assistance unless facing downhill.
  19. Both are attractive cars but the XM looks superber.
  20. The mystery car looks more 'homebuilt' as Barratt suggested. The front and rear wheel arches look amateurish and the proportions are different. Perhaps the FN Targa Florio MK2 was the look that the builder was aiming for.
  21. Opel Kapitan P2 commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pujanak" title="User:Pujanak"&gt;Pujanak&lt;/a&gt; - &lt;span class="int-own-work" lang="en"&gt;Own work&lt;/span&gt;, Public Domain, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4238740">Link</a></p>
  22. I don't think I've ever seen such a long drop link before. But at least you succeeded in the end. I've had similar fights in the past and had to give up and try to get the semi-dismantled vehicle to a garage to sort out. The memory of defeat and expense still lingers.
  23. Probably one for @barrett. The only marque/model that came to my mind was an OSCA 1600 of 1960, but I'm not convinced and can't find a soft top version of it anyway.
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