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  1. Quote "THE AIR BRAKES ARE INTERMITTENT SOME TIMES WORK SOMETIMES DONT", just imagine the fun* of driving it with that knowledge in the back of your mind as you go down Blue Bank towards Whitby on your first camp.
  2. Just sent that link to BiL (who has a much earlier one). Think he's still laughing at the price.
  3. Actually that version, the Ventura, was one of Bedford's better products and had a decent turn of speed about it (although the steering was still shit and the brakes, "interesting").
  4. My mate had one of these in about 1979. Traded his Avenger in against it, the one that he tried to change the points on and droped the nut down the inside of the distributor. Didn't go well when he started it up with a replacement nut.. I had to remove the sump, and replace the oil pump / distributor drive for him then set it all back up. Except I put the drive back in 180 degrees out. When I realised what I'd done, I swopped the plug leads around and hey, presto, it all worked. I always wondered if the poor bastard who bought his Avenger stood there for hours trying to make out wha
  5. I learned to drive on an Average, but clearly not one like this. Like.
  6. Fook me, a rotary kettle, bet the chances of getting 10 miles without a big bang are pretty slim.
  7. Or one that's never seen shit old cars and you can point out which bits of the MoT don't* apply.
  8. My HiAce camper had been rewired at some point by a complete prat who clearly had a stock of red wire. Everything, including earths were red. Even better was that they had directly wired up the radio, clock, fag lighter as they clearly hadn't worked out where the fuse box was and reason they didn't work.
  9. Love the way all the cars have a tray under them to catch the oil leaks, although somebody should have pointed out that Sumbeam Stilleto is rear engined.
  10. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-Strada-Abarth-MK3-130TC-Ritmo-Bodyshell-regsitration-VIN-and-V5/143789433345?_trkparms=aid=777001&algo=DISCO.FEED&ao=1&asc=225114&meid=aae4c94177ce4f5ba805b73bad2adbcb&pid=100651&rk=1&rkt=1&mehot=none&itm=143789433345&pmt=0&noa=1&pg=2380057&algv=PersonalizedTopicsRefactor&brand=&_trksid=p2380057.c100651.m4497&_trkparms=pageci:cae1e50b-1111-11eb-b1ae-6a0ac821c967|parentrq:3a90c6d81750a9c5731bbca8fffbd21e|iid:3&redirect=mobile Quote "Bodyshell is rotten with rust, very few salvageable bi
  11. That's one of a pair of rare 4000GT Metrolines built to 4 meter height for European use (normal ones were like 14'6"). It was re-engined with a bfo Scania by YTC after they acquired it from Central Coacways to go with the one they already had. That was I believe E906TOJ whilst Trackies own was E99AAK. Stagecoach bought Trackie out and transferred it to Magic us duties.
  12. Oven or dishwasher, my Mrs wasn't* p*ss*d when she made the wrong choice with the plastic chopping board....
  13. 7.5k on it when I bought it at six months old seven years ago.
  14. I remember the Tynesider when it was brand new and appeared at a bus rally in Harrogate in 1972? (I'm getting old). Caused quite a stir. Actually got to have a go at driving it in later years. Very odd, semi auto box and Atlantean steering wheel but no power steering. Somewhere I've a picture of that and the Wearsider, the RMF that Northern converted to a similar layout side by side.
  15. Arrr, yes, good old GC Smith, builders of kwality* bus bodies (and mobile libraries). At least that's a bus not a coach / welfare body with the full height rear opening and no way of closing it from ground level. Fortunately somebody accidentally* set fire to our pair.
  16. Been there, got the T shirt, had it autographed, know what you mean.
  17. It's around 50 years ago I started photographing buses, must start scanning some and putting them on here (and I remember seeing a piano front ex Reading (I think) Regent in a Barnsley scrapyard and being told it's yours for £50. My parents wouldn't give me the money for some reason!).
  18. Have we had this, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1973-Ford-Transit-Campervan-with-bodywork-by-Jennings/274531124300?_trkparms=aid%3D777001%26algo%3DDISCO.FEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225120%26meid%3D89afcf243ea5488789c8b81de7381545%26pid%3D100651%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26mehot%3Dpp%26itm%3D274531124300%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26algv%3DPersonalizedTopicsRefactor%26brand%3D&_trksid=p2380057.c100651.m4497&_trkparms=pageci%3A4840f444-0e24-11eb-8aa0-8a4159334475|parentrq%3A2760c95c1750a9bd34eeacfdffe73488|iid%3A1 It looks quite decent* inside
  19. Depending on which of the Caymen Islands you want to buy with the profit I might well be interested as well.
  20. Not quite. Get the engine running and ticking over. Then, within 30 seconds you have to rev it to between 5 and 6k rpm and hold it there for at least 3 seconds. Let it return to tick over and repeat twice more. When it drops to tickover the third time the flashing eml should* clear. Did on mine.
  21. Just sold mine, they are a piece of piss to work on and are ace to drive. Cam belt is easy peasy if it's the 1.0 fire which it looks like. New battery will help and it should talk to a reader. Download a free copy of multiecu scan from here; https://www.multiecuscan.net/ onto your laptop, assuming you've a compatible lead (my VAG one worked).You cannot erase the codes but you can see what's wrong. It also tells you the Italian tune up method of erasing the eml light if there's no faults but it keeps flashing (as mine did when I bought it). Enjoy, and we'll bought.
  22. Don't know which Ferrari it is, but.. I bet the plate cost less.
  23. I moved away in 1978, my parents in 1987. Even before then, my parents used to say that when it came to wasting the ratepayers money, Sheffield Council were the world leaders in it. IIRC, didn't one crackpot scheme decimalise time and see the clocks in the town hall replaced by ones which only went from 1 to 10 on the dial but spaced evenly all the way around. A great city, but sadly ruled by those who in the 60's would have been consigned to Middlewood.
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