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  1. Yes the mule had the V8.

    I had one of the 6's and found to engine a bit limited - but it may have been my example.

    A chronically wasted opportunity. The NZ one looks a beauty.

    I think the Austin badge was a prestige thing - Austin had to have a big model - of course at that point Austin was still a well regarded marque.

    Recreating the V8 would be fun.  

    They handled nicely and felt well-made.

  2. 1 hour ago, motorpunk said:

    @red5 and others have asked where they might buy other stuff I've written. I hope it's OK to link them below;

    SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. Midlands and North of England edition

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    SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. Wales edition.

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    SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. South East of England edition.

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    SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. South West of England edition.

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    SUPER: Old, odd, interesting, obscure and abandoned filling stations. Scotland edition.

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    Confessions from quality control: Stories of bodges and balls-ups of car factories in the nineties

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    Nothing handles like a rental car

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    That's the automotive stuff (apart from books I've co-authored or just contributed to, which I CBA to find and list). Here's some oddities I've also written;

    Killer drinks: A compendium of lethal alcoholic drinks from around the world

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    (The above is my favourite, although it's hardly a best-seller...)

    Hands up!: The real lives of puppets who used to be on the telly

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    The above is a surreal black comedy about Miss Piggy working in a call centre, the Klangers being on drugs, and what other puppets from the '70s and '80s are now doing for a living.

    That's most of the books I've done. They're all on Amazon as print on demand, I don't have much stock of any of them to sell/post directly, soz. They are printed in the UK, I'm happy to say. 

    I'm also a regular contributor to a few magazines, here are my faves;

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    I think that does it. Thanks again for your interest in my blather. 

     

    "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink," - is one of the best titles I know - it's a piece by PJ O'Rourke in his book Driving Like Crazy.

    Certainly a way to cheer up the next A35 owners club rally.

  3. 33 minutes ago, 17-Coffees said:

    Slight porkie here, it turns out I did know of this car, just forgot about it until seeing one this morning in the metal...

    The Renault Ankara...

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    I'm getting vibes of Volvo S60 Cross Country from it due to ride height. (Hardly any taller than my 500 tho) 

    I've a feeling this will be a rather rare sight here in the UK, simply because it's not from Ze Germans and it's in an alreday small niche market. 

    I also won't lie, I actually don't hate it like I though would. 

    It may not even be made in RHD.

  4. 21 hours ago, STUNO said:

    ? ? ? ?  Vanden Plas Princess of course !

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    Now find another one.

    Wow. Is that real? I mean it's not somebody's creation?

    Wether it is one or the other it is beautifully done. Just what the 3-litre needed. I wonder if it has a better engine - the lump in the original car was pretty gutless - I had one.

  5. The hinges will either be mazak or chromed  brass.  If it is the former it will corrode slightly I think and is also prone to breakage - so proceed with caution - it may account for the stuck pin if there is corrosion.

  6. 2 hours ago, FakeConcern said:

    Mini 1275GT for more money than any other on ebay atm, but with all sorts of silly stuff going on such as the graphics, wrong seats, wrong steering wheel, blacked out chrome all over the place, wheel spats it doesn't need, body colour subframes... I could go on or am I just too fussy?

     

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224604267549?hash=item344b75241d:g:x9wAAOSwYYtgcAMp

     

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    ...and it looks like the driver's door doesn't match...

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    and black number plates...

    Not quite so glamorous in close up.

    Also were Minis really made like this? No wonder they fell to bits after a couple of salty winters.

    Great guy Issigonis - but really?

    We had a Mini in the 60's - subframe fell off and my Grandad had a huge row with the garage. 

    25k...

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  7. 54 minutes ago, Jerzy Woking said:

    My brother was stopped for speeding after being clocked on radar whilst  overtaking two lorries on a D road heading to Le Mans. €750 on the spot fine, motorbike seized (but returned to him three days later). Received a letter when he got back to the UK saying he was banned from driving in France for 6 months.

    A few years earlier, three of us were riding from Tours heading to Le Mans. Police car with blue lights on behind us, so I pulled over. My two mates slowed down, and as they drew level with me, stopped by tye side of the road, they gunned it away. Bastards.

    Upshot was the cop saying he had clocked us at 148kph in a 80 kph limit, and had been trying to catch us for 16kms. I was polite using my best pigeon French, handed over all my documents, and said I did not know who the other two were.

    Expected to have the book thrown at me. Cop seemed very angry that the other two had raced off. He told me to put my documents away, to ride slower, and told me to go.

    If my mates hadn't ridden off, who knows what would have happened.

     

     

    He's lucky to have got his bike back. Above a certain level of infringement (I have never tested it I drive like Monsieur Hulot) they confiscate and crush. No question.  But like I say they run their country differently - I'm a guest I go with the flow and enjoy the cheese.

  8. 30 minutes ago, Jerzy Woking said:

    My brother was stopped for speeding after being clocked on radar whilst  overtaking two lorries on a D road heading to Le Mans. €750 on the spot fine, motorbike seized (but returned to him three days later). Received a letter when he got back to the UK saying he was banned from driving in France for 6 months.

    A few years earlier, three of us were riding from Tours heading to Le Mans. Police car with blue lights on behind us, so I pulled over. My two mates slowed down, and as they drew level with me, stopped by tye side of the road, they gunned it away. Bastards.

    Upshot was the cop saying he had clocked us at 148kph in a 80 kph limit, and had been trying to catch us for 16kms. I was polite using my best pigeon French, handed over all my documents, and said I did not know who the other two were.

    Expected to have the book thrown at me. Cop seemed very angry that the other two had raced off. He told me to put my documents away, to ride slower, and told me to go.

    If my mates hadn't ridden off, who knows what would have happened.

     

     

    The roads can be treacherous. Pascal who owned the local historic Citroen specialist near me and was a throughly good chap and experienced driver was killed 3 years ago when his Ferrari clipped the verge on a nearby piece of road coming out of the valley - it flipped and was totally written off - he died at the scene.

    I bought one of my Visas off him about 15 years ago and often saw him in the local cafe. He used to have some amazing cars in to fix including a 4x4 BX rally car one time.

    There are roads near me dead straight  for about a km through the forest that then immediately drop 50m on a series of tightening corkscrew curves into the valley. It is very easy to get into difficulties on some of these French roads.

    Pascal's old garage has a special yard full of totalled cars which regularly gets topped up with the latest wreck. Roads deaths are common.

  9. Why do people wash perfectly  clean cars at the garage?

    I'm seriously degunging one of my cars - half an hour with the jet wash - the last 20mins so a guy is waiting to wash his white Merc coupe. Slight road dirt - nothing you would not pick up in 10 mins on road. I swear the car went out dirtier than when he started what with the dirt splashing up whilst he washed it.

    Well it is Lundin I 'spose.

  10. I live part time in France so I can put this in context:

    The death rate on the road in France is about X2 the UK.

    It is a big political hot potato in all the French Departments.

    Visible and rigerous enforcement of the rules has been the answer - so expect to see lots of it. It's all the politics - and if they get 50 drivers at a speed trap it's seen as 'doing  something  about it'.  It even gets reported in the local paper.

    There are now a lot of 30 and 20kph zones at black spots - for good reason.

    The gendarmerie  are often based far from home in big police barracks - and are not a particularly happy crew - under pressure and depressed.

    So...obey the rules, carry all your documents, keep the car OK, be nice - and you will get on fine.

    Never drink and drive ever.

    They don't target foreigners - France welcomes millions of Brit visitors each year. They are used to foreigners but remember- it is a foreign country they do things differently there and crime is heavily punished.

     

  11. Could be muck in the switch. Try some contact cleaner when it's warmer.

    You also need to put a 'note to self' on the switch reminding you not to use it - so easy to forget and end up with the window stuck miles from home. 

    May just be lack of use.

    That car was a steal - amazed it hung about long enough for you to decide.

    Get into the arches and 'de-mud' them and get some wax in temporarily  to hold the rust. These can really rust if it takes hold - problem with the original  paint formula  I think.

    Enjoy.

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