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  1. I spotted a red Frogeye at the local petrol station the other day, both the lads in it must have been 25 at the very oldest, and to their credit gave it a bit of stick down the road. I do fancy something like an MGB, but it'd be a restomod for sure. If I really had plenty of spare cash I'd sling the B-series in the bin and shove something like a BMW 4.4 M62 in with a 6-speed and the back end from a 3 series.
  2. The Lance did use the C as well. The first Darts used the B (step Dart, Dart SLF etc). Around 1999 Dennis enlarged the Dart chassis to 11.3m, shoved a Cummins C 8.3 hooked up to an Allison B300 or Voith D853/4 in the back and called it the Super Pointer Dart - almost all were bodied by Plaxton. SPDs were easy to spot because they all sagged at the back end, the chassis and body frame weren’t really up to the job of holding the extra weight. Stagecoach, Lothian and Cardiff Bus bought a number of them, the ones at Stagecoach Gloucester went ok but were very arse heavy. Around 2002 Dennis started fitting the updated ISB4/6 engines instead to the Dart, which changed how they drove and sounded. The 4 pot examples were quick but very laggy away from a standstill.
  3. Bus use - Dennis Dart SPD, Trident and Javelin all used the C series.
  4. This was my thought too. Both my P38s had that.
  5. There’s a phrase to strike fear into the heart of anyone involved with pressure vessels! Mind you, having seen some examples of truly appalling ‘professional’ boiler work (rivets with multiple layers to the head, barrels with gouges in them) it might not be so bad...
  6. 83C

    Bus Shite

    Dart with a Cummins C-series/ISC? Edit: Dart SPD, rear frame looks very similar.
  7. More injector bedtime reading: http://kesr-mic.org.uk/resources/The+Steam+Injector.pdf Also, the BR 'Black Book' has several good diagrams on various injector types.
  8. Injectors - water + steam in > magic stuff > water appears in the boiler.
  9. 83C

    Bus Shite

    Yup, that’s how I remember the MRN examples. The last line especially is remarkable for an Early Learning Centre Bodies vehicle. Lovely things to drive despite the Voith gearbox. Just thinking of the misfits at Shrewsbury has reminded me of this: YBJ 403/3399 DAF SB220 with an Ikarus body. Quite a few drivers didn’t much like it but I did, fairly grunty and handled quite well. Dashboard wasn’t the best in terms of layout and finding the right switch/button as required, but I don’t think I ever had a failure with it and it was comfortable.
  10. 83C

    Bus Shite

    I think the MRN & Clydeside examples were the only low-floor MaxCis in the U.K. When they were new MRN made a big deal about the kneeling suspension, but unlike a Dart the N113 chassis actually dropped a useful height, so it didn’t run aground anywhere and it also got low enough when required. Later a batch of L113s were also acquired, registered in the N-PUT range. One made it to Shrewsbury which seemed to collect all the misfits of what became Arriva Midlands North, nice to drive and as you say, a little more ‘urgent’. They were followed by a batch of L113s fitted with Plaxton Paladin bodies (R-TJW) that were also good. However, they couldn’t shift the old B10M/Alexander Q-types entirely, one job (the X5) required a B10M until the timetable was recast because anything else usually went bang within a week.
  11. 83C

    Bus Shite

    When I worked for Tanat Valley Coaches we had an electrical genius at the depot. He took an old Leyland semi-auto hydracyclic gear selector, rewired it and made a custom loom that would plug into the ZF 4/5HP500 brain diagnostic port and bypass the ZF selector in the event that either the ZF brain or selector failed. It worked very well indeed, there's a video somewhere of a Cummins L10/ZF Olympian being driven manually, with the Leyland semi-auto selector clamped to the cab door. Scania hot rods - yes, but not always as solid as a Volvo. (Not my photo). T35 - the Scud. Fire it off in the morning, and off it would fuck at a vast rate of knots until the driver phoned in to say where it had landed and exploded. In two years it went through: engine, gearbox, roof resealed (twice) a/c overhauled, rear axle, another engine and numerous smaller things. It also had an unhealthy appetite for turbos. However, on a good day it was great for out-dragging Corsa-driving scrotes away from the traffic lights around Cheltenham & Gloucester. The B10Ms were slower but handled much better and rarely gave trouble. T35 didn't stay with Swanbrook particularly long (2005-2007) and went through a lot of operators afterwards around the country, eventually landing up in Wiltshire. Surprisingly it survived until at least 2019, which is when the last MoT ran out. To be fair it was almost certainly a Friday afternoon machine. I did a good few hours driving this and it was a fantastic thing to drive - a totally different proposition compared with the lemon of an Intercentury above. (Not my photo). Still didn't handle as well as even a rough B10M, but a very pleasant thing to drive. This was too, but for different reasons: (Not my photo). Moving into proper Autoshite realms here with a real rarity - an N113CRL with an East Lancs European MaxCi body. Midland Red North ordered 4 (1401-1404) delivered new in 1994 for the new Meole Brace P&R service. They lasted until around 2010 on the same job (though they occasionally escaped onto other routes), and despite the East Lancs body they were incredibly solid. Gutsy, thirsty and made a great noise, they also rode well which is nothing short of a miracle on Shropshire's pot-holed and cratered roads. Sadly all gone now, I'd have loved to own one.
  12. I'm rather partial to older BMWs, usual time/space/money excuses as to why I don't currently own one. E30s - agreed that the price boat has well and truly sailed on them now, and taken E28s along for the ride. In fact, prices are on the rise for anything pre-2002 or so. £2500 for an E30 318i auto thats been off the road for 20 years seems a bit salty, but if the body is anywhere near intact it could well be worth a punt. If the underside is non-existent then walk away and try to find a decent E36. They're still out there, but getting thin on the ground.
  13. @holbeck certainly looked happy with his new steed: I now have Saab envy.
  14. Proof, as ever, that money doesn’t buy taste. Utter gash.
  15. This is ace. Don't mind me, just off to trademe for a browse...
  16. Swinton insurance. Thieving fuckers, £64.52 to cancel a policy. Fuck them and the gold-plated horse they swam through their ocean of wealth on.
  17. A colleague at work has one of the Saabillac things at work, an estate. Looks ok but it’d look better as a Saab 9-3. That said, for less than a grand with a year’s ticket it’s not a bad deal.
  18. I'd struggle to hand over a quarter of that, I appreciate some VX fetishists will pay more but £10k is insane. For what its worth I don't think there'll be much of a crash, maybe the market will tread water for a while but these prices are here to stay. We'll have a better idea early next year when things have settled down a bit.
  19. I don't know, as I remarked in the smoll cars thread the market is all over the shop at the moment. An enormous and massively useful £700 Mercedes 7-seat estate gets virtually no interest (even in the wider world), but I watched a rep-spec BMW 320d (2000-ish E46 saloon) with rusty arches, a few weeks test and stratospheric mileage go for nearly a grand on eBay. Anything pre-1995 is getting into classic territory now, and don't even think about cheap Land Rovers - 7 years ago I bought a Series 3 with a year's test for £750, a year before that a 90 (which I still have somewhere) for £1500. Try £4k as a bare minimum now for a Series, and at least £7k for a roadworthy 90/110. Even snotter Discoverys are £2k, rather than £500. People have money to burn, for now. It could just keep pushing things ever higher, it could also all come crashing down. I've no idea which way it'll go.
  20. Top darts. Large supply of military-grade brave pills in your house I assume?
  21. I don't know. Things are so daft right now that I wouldn't like to predict anything. What I do know is this; houses anywhere worth living are going up in value fast. People who have been used to the commute and have proven they can work from home are buying houses in nice places because they can sack off the commute and the requirement to live anywhere near the office. Cornwall, Devon, Shropshire and North Wales (all places I know well) are all seeing it. Trouble is, it's fucking the housing market up even further, putting even more pressure on first time and local buyers. Sunak's Gubbermint-backed 95% mortgages aren't helping either (and that's as close as I'm sailing towards the rocky shore of politics).
  22. There's a Mk.4 Fiesta around the corner from me, 'W' reg, plenty of test and looks pretty decent. Been there two weeks so far at £475, seemingly no interest. I'd like it but can't until the Mercedes goes. Car market is all over the place right now, people are splurging on the desirable stuff but the everyday bargain bucket stuff just doesn't appear to be shifting. Has everyone really made that much out of lockdown that nobody needs to be downsizing for a bit and reining in the spending? I thought half the country were furloughed and had a wage cut, or lost their jobs completely. House prices are going stupid too.
  23. Mrs 83C had a brace of them, an early 2.4 petrol ‘Limited’ with all the bells and whistles which was comfy and drove ok, and a later 2.2 diesel which was ok on fuel. Pros - as a family car not bad at all. Fairly well thought out, plenty of space. Different - not some bland euro box, which is always good. Cons - Chrysler never did a fast one, nor a really economical one. I’d buy a properly fast PTSD Cruiser just for laughs. The interior - childproof but has all the tactile qualities of a melted welly. Switchgear is ‘meh’. Steering has little in the way of feel, and I’ve driven better manual gearboxes in buses and coaches. Cons (special additional section) - some of the owners. Magpie owners who really will stick any old random chrome shite onto their car, pretending it’s some ubercool custom hotrod straight from California. Seriously, you’re commuting on the A38 in Birmingham, not driving Highway One through Big Sur. Just stop it. And who can forget this ‘gem’ of a modification? Yes, the airbag claymore. Overall though I do quite like them, mainly because they’re not some boring bland as shit box on wheels (even if they nick all the running gear from boring shite), and I’m glad I experienced a couple of them. I’d even run one as a snotter.
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