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  1. It was the front wings. They never look that tidy.
  2. Cracking W210 and it looks remarkably tidy. So much so, that I checked its MoT history which assures me it is actually just a normal W210 and not some miracle rust free version.
  3. Yes, for quite a number of years there was a large number of cheaply produced rotor arms floating about. It was the period when plenty cheapness Chinese parts flooded the spares market. My Dad still bangs on about these crap rotor arms as they left him at the side of the road on a couple of occasions. So shite were they that he had a small collection of new rotor arms in the glovebox of his B roadster as he knew they would fail. From memory I think they developed hairline cracks which where very hard to spot. Anyway, after enough time demand for something decent and not just cheap that failed
  4. I found that too when I had a 1986 300SL in 2012. The dealer even had screws for the dash. I always politely ask if they'll still give me 10% off for older cars. They seem happy to oblige.
  5. People seem to forgot about all the associated costs. Same when I get bits from Merc. I'm amazed that 20 years later I can order all manner of odds and sods by just giving them the chassis number.
  6. I suspect it is because people like you and me do leave it to the last minute. I worked very briefly for Brooks (which became part of Bonhams) after graduating. Hardest work I ever did and the hours just before and during the sale where up there with a City bank. Shame the pay wasn't. Basically there are not enough time/staff to process last minute bidders.
  7. Sadly that is the modern world and as you inadvertently pointed out previously people would have just had a moan down the pub or at the other half, kids, cat and/or dog. Now they have literally the whole World to inform. Does the internet now do more harm than good? Anyway back to TG ...
  8. As you will now no doubt know you have to stick a deposit down to get a bidder's paddle (or whatever the internet version is called.) It was £1k for SWVA last year I think. I also was after something at a Barons auction in 2020 and it was the same for them. The deposit reappears in your account a few days later should you fail to win anything.
  9. It is back to the price of classics generally which, as most of us are aware, are strong. Top end classics were last just about affordable with a reasonable job back in the mid 90s. Bit like houses I guess. OHMSS Aston DBS was my fav, mainly because it was out of fashion for so long. I like the current TG as does the wife and 6 and 9-year-old kids. It is just a light entertainment show and works well.
  10. The W202 Merc I bought had a couple of impressive faults. The rear replica mono-block alloys were held on by no more that a turn and a half of each wheel nut. The nuts being too short, but the previous owner just used them anyway. Same Merc had 3/4 broken springs albeit the last bit of the pigtail as mentioned in previous posts. Lesson being check the paperwork more thoroughly and walk if someone has done a half arsed job of changing only one spring. My current Land Rover had a loose pinch bolt from the splined steering column to steering rod. Thanks mister MoT man as it wasn't dead
  11. Eerily similar to when I got Catford Kwik Fit to fix* the brakes on my '64 Beetle back in 1990. They made noises about it not being easy to work (it is Beetle ffs) and after a couple of delays the bloke said he'd got it as close as possible to being fixed (never have worked out what that meant, but hey I was 17 and you just trust people, right?) He recommends a test drive so I can see how it was. I cannot remember how far we got nor did the growing rumble particularly trouble me, but it certainly caused enough alarm for the Kwik Fit mechanic* to scream in no uncertain terms that I needed
  12. Indeed, although you would probably have to compare it with vehicles of the same age that do have MoTs and over distance travelled for both. Personally I still think MoT exemption a daft idea. A lack of annual check to confirm a vehicle is roadworthy makes them less likely to be safe and a soft target for further restrictions. Road tax is a duff idea other than to check a vehicle has insurance and an MoT. Make it a standard charge to cover administrative costs for these checks and fire the rest of the cost onto fuel duty. Then again, given EVs, that idea will be redundant soon enou
  13. Unless Carrick has suddenly become a hotbed for the sale of such faded glory. A prime example (now sold I believe) here and I too admire his bravery: And that 122K mile "cheap" Arnage: Anyway, back to LMC ...
  14. Good theory and makes sense to me. It is an absolute pain to travel to GB look at cars. There is a chap in Carrick that sells what are less fashionable high end cars, say 1980s Bentleys and 2000s S-Class Mercs with 100K plus on them. Some of them I am surprised he shifts but that must work too, probably on a similar basis to yours. I think he is called Norman - I am sure you will know him what with NI being 'the World's biggest village' (copyright @Datsuncog). I can spot his adverts a mile off just by the cars. I did the same with classics about a decade ago albeit buying them here with
  15. Do you find your love of large engine pez stuff goes somewhat against the grain here in NI? Such motors seem to hang about in the classifieds and make less money than on the mainland. It must work for you though. I did rather like the E350 CGI Benz you had recently which I presume has now shifted. Also rather like the look of the Alfa (159 ?) on RoI plates behind your A4 cab. Right old mix you have.
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