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  1. Got this tune stuck in my head every time I go in the kitchen.
  2. A guy I used to work for had a period of buying us £50 shit vans. He bought a Renault extra which had cooling issues. He bought a scrap Extra for parts and ended up running both of them. Then came a petrol C15 with so much rot that the inserts in the side panels fell out. Eventually his Mrs put her foot down and insisted he bought something more presentable. Good old boy bought an ex Partco C15D! The diesel was faster than the petrol. My biggest memory was the Hat and Shoe heater control symbols. That C15 in the Aston Martin video was driven by a legend. I only hope it had Mr Tourette written on the side and a half swigged bottle of red in the door pocket.
  3. I wonder if Burberry's reputation ever recovered among the sort of respectable ladies who shop in department stores? Their sales must have had a massive surge just before falling off a cliff.
  4. It has always been that tyre and exhaust chains are at the bottom end of the market. There are some very good independents out there but the chains seem to be the worst. Management incentives to rob customers seems to be the main issue. The other is minimum wage, disinterested staff, each trying to do the work of 3 people. Sitting in the waiting room of an F1 branch waiting an absolute eternity for them to not fit 2 tyres whilst listening to the service desk conversations was an eye opener. That and the previous 3 failed attempts to get two tyres for a basic Focus. It was a company car, so I had no choice. I'm willing to bet they were the cheapest contract we could find. Despite me wasting £100s of company time when I could have been in and out of somewhere competent and back to doing something useful. All that said, a friend of mine used to get his 911 serviced at the local Kwik fit and never had a bad word to say about them.
  5. Is that because no one else will sell cars to Russia?
  6. What is in the taxi rank? There you will find cheap to run and maintain cars capable of lunar mileage. Mk1 Octavia would be my punt.
  7. There was a lovely local chap who was a mechanic at the local Austin dealer and used a baby blue Austin A35 estate every day. It was only a few years old when he bought it. When the dealer closed and became a classic specialist, he could be found in their workshop, smoking a cherute, lead loading a join on a Rover P4. This was about 1995. I haven't seen him or the car for a few years. Given that he would probably be well into his 90s by now, it is probably not good news.
  8. Love it. I've never seen one IRL. All I can add is possibly misquote Jalopy. "A sleek looking coupe better known for it unique 3 a breast seating rather than its rampant power"
  9. At least with eBay, the seller doesn't know you are drunk and is not specifically praying on your vulnerability. Unlike my bastard mate who has done me in the pub after several. Twice. (Both rovers with an MOT measured in hours, This was a few years ago and one of them was only £50).
  10. I'm increasingly thinking that. However I beg to differ that a 720 2cv is a fast car.
  11. It was great watching stuff like Yesterday and the like with no adverts.
  12. I would be sticking the badges in place. Not only as rust prevention but getting all those holes drilled 100% accurately would be some feat.
  13. Watching Derek Matthewson on TV, he says there is no market for pre war cars now as the old fellas that remember them are either gone or past tinkering. The stuff that fetches mad money now is 80s and 90s. That Saxo VTS that sold at Kings Lynn for £19k a couple of weeks ago is a case in point. Is that the same with YT videos? Nostalgia sells?
  14. Autoshite is probably not the place to do market research because we are all a bit odd. Yes that does include you. I'm an avid hub nut viewer, and I'm a similar age to Ian. (I say that, I'm probably 10 years older but at an age now where 10 years doesn't sound like a lot!) In order of preference I'd say: 1. Road Tests. Something obscure but I've at least heard of. 2. Show reports or scrapyard hunts. 3. Fettling/ fixing / failing videos. The stuff involving camping trips I probably won't watch tbh. The mail bag videos didn't hold my interest much. I wonder what everyone else thinks?
  15. Multiple parking fines and derision on the internet it would appear. 🙂
  16. £250 for 9 years motoring is a great result. I do wonder what you will replace it with and how you could replicate such low costs again. If you had gone for the defined bangernomics of buy cheap, drive it till it breaks, scrap and repeat then I doubt you would be better off. How many cars would you have got through? Not much car around for £500 these days and you only need 1 bad buy to wipe out the savings made.
  17. Don't be surprised if that is wrong too. There are loads of options. French
  18. Used to get this all the time when I worked in the parts place. Someone would ask for a thermostat, you'd get them the thermostat. Do you need a gasket or any sealer with that? Errr, I dunno? Do I? Suppose so. What about antifreeze sir? Errr, do i need that then? Well, yes if you lose the water. Err, suppose so? That is £17.50 please. Can I get that TRADE mate?
  19. I wonder what the warranty costs were on that Honda Disco Crossroad? The warranty administrators at Honda must have wondered what the hell was going on. Where have all these claims come from? We've had a years worth in a week!
  20. All true, there is lots of other stuff going on, but collection threads, rebuilds and general reminisces are in a similar style to Jalopy stories written by the readers.
  21. I still think AS is what an online version of Jalopy would have been. All my copies were donated to a member years ago when I had to clear some space. Would be nice if they were scanned and uploaded somewhere.
  22. So 1 in 6 of all Hollier Mosquitos have been stolen? Must be a record? Beats 1980s Cosworths and Nova SRs?
  23. @Muniphobia I'm intrigued... Do you live in East Europe or perhaps Russia,? Or do you just have a preference for certain types of cars, or girls for that matter?
  24. My big question about the Allegro is, apart from not rusting faster than you could weld it back up again, what did the Allegro do better than the 1100/1300 ADO16? It didn't look better. It didn't drive better. It wasn't more spacious. I doubt it was more economical. Was it more reliable? Hard to think of cars that weren't an improvement on their predecessor. Mk5 Escorts and Mk3 Golfs probably.. Peugeot 307? (Or any '07 for that matter)
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