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  1. You're probably right. I'll check it out tomorrow, hopefully I'll be in a better frame of mind by then.
  2. The Rover has been off the road in disgrace since the Saxo arrived but today I thought I'd start it up and move it round a bit. That was the plan but when I tried to start it all I got was a staccato noise like a machine gun and a flickering ABS light. Apart from that it's dead. I did try starting it with the lights on to see if they dimmed but they looked OK and there was no noise when they were turned on. I know it might be something simple but I have never been so fed up with a car as I am with this one. I never thought that I'd be considering scrapping a 32000 mile car with six months MOT left but I am at the moment. 😧
  3. I had my driving lessons and took my test in a BSM Dolomite 1300. I also had an Austin 1300 2 door (XEA623H) of my own as my Dad didn't want me driving his Austin A60. My first drive after passing my test was to pick my brother up from school.
  4. I'd been umming and aahing over whether to attend the HubNut Social as I'd missed the first two. I made a last minute decision to go as I knew that if I didn't I'd just be sitting at home regretting not going so I set off for Aberystwyth in ELF, arriving just before 10am and parking next to a couple of ELF's relatives. A variety of other cars were already there, including a huge Chevy Caprice wagon and a K11Micra. DSCF0930 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0932 by timothy jones, on Flickr Soon after @dollywobbler arrived in TWC, parking next to another twin cylinder powerhouse*. DSCF0934 by timothy jones, on Flickr After a scenic trip on the train to Devil's Bridge refreshments were consumed, HubNut merchandise bought and more cars perused, including another Saxo, this one a 1.4 and the entire HubNut fleet, with added Nippa. DSCF0944 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0943 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0941 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0942 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0946 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0947 by timothy jones, on Flickr A return trip on the train was followed by a drive back up to Devil's Bridge where ELF parked next to a smoll Jag. DSCF0954 by timothy jones, on Flickr Shortly after the Nippa nipped off so I took the chance to get a pic of ELF with Elly. DSCF0956 by timothy jones, on Flickr A couple of hours later and it was time to set off for home. As I was near to the coast I wanted to get a photo of ELF by the sea. Unfortunately the prom at Aberystwyth was choc a block so I ended up driving through Borth to Ynyslas sands for a photo with the Dovey estuary in the distance. DSCF0959 by timothy jones, on Flickr Sunday we were off again, this time to Ellesmere for the North Shropshire model show. This time I was able to get a photo of ELF with the mere in the background (no sign of Elle though 🙂), DSCF0960 by timothy jones, on Flickr Over the weekend ELF covered just under 400 miles and never missed a beat. I was thinking on the way home from Aberystwyth whether I need a modern car as a £200 smoll French hatch can do the job just as well.
  5. I managed t get off my fat backside today and adjusted the Saxo's washer jets . Although one of them was aimed at the screen the middle two were aimed to hit low flying birds and the nearside one was ideal for squirting passing pedestrians. DSCF0925 by timothy jones, on Flickr After some work with a pin they were all pointing at the screen. I do need to give it a good clean though as there are still things growing on it. Car shampoo or weed killer? 🙂 DSCF0928 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0929 by timothy jones, on Flickr I did do a bit of cleaning under the bonnet and it came up quite nice, I just need to do the rest now. DSCF0927 by timothy jones, on Flickr The Rover has been off the road since I bought the Saxo and I'm feeling a bit sorry for it if I'm honest. My modern Skoda has only been used twice in the last couple of months so I've been thinking of selling it, putting the Rover back on the road and sorting its coolant loss issue properly.'
  6. BL Bloke

    TV cars

    A couple for the Doctor.
  7. BL Bloke

    TV cars

    This was one of the first cars I remember off TV. Don't forget Basil Fawlty's Austin 1100. I'm sure a few of us have felt the same way on more than one occasion. 🙂
  8. I didn't know Hot Wheels did a Series III Land Rover so when I saw one I had to buy it, along with a couple more cars as it was 3 for the price of 2. DSCF0918 by timothy jones, on Flickr I also went to Tesco's this morning in search of new Matchbox, no individual cars but I did get a pack of nine which included the Merc estate, Lotus Europa and a Golf Country Syncro among others. DSCF0917 by timothy jones, on Flickr
  9. BL Bloke

    Fuel gauge arrow

    Vauxhall Chevette saloons had the filler cap behind a dummy air vent on the C pillar.
  10. BL Bloke

    Fuel gauge arrow

    I've never noticed that, I'll have to check tomorrow. I remember my Dad's Zephyrs had the petrol cap at the back behind a hinged number plate so no room for confusion there unless you'd just bought it and this was your first fill up. 🙂
  11. I went to a few charity shops today looking for miniature chod. I had no luck until the last one and and after rummaging through a box of generic plastic tat I got these four for 50p each. DSCF0901 by timothy jones, on Flickr As the thread is in Volvo mode at the moment I'll start with the Corgi Juniors Volvo 760. Apart from a few paint chips it's in very good condition and will be a nice addition to the collection. DSCF0902 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0903 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0904 by timothy jones, on Flickr Next, a Realtoy Mazda RX-8. I haven't heard of Realtoy before but the casting looks good with some nice detail, even on the underside. Nice wheels too. DSCF0911 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0912 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0913 by timothy jones, on Flickr Back to the seventies for the first Matchbox buy, the Fire Chief. This one has the worst paint but is otherwise undamaged apart from the roof light which is rattling around inside. I'll be restoring this one. DSCF0908 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0909 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0910 by timothy jones, on Flickr Last is a Matchbox Chrysler Panel Cruiser. I know the PT Cruiser isn't everyone's cup of tea but I've always liked them. This one has a few paint chips and the axles are a bit wonky but apart from that it's in good condition. DSCF0905 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0906 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0907 by timothy jones, on Flickr
  12. Liked for the JU250 van.
  13. Looks like it's a repop of an Ertl model. https://www.swiftysgarage.org/porsche-917-lintoy-t43131.html Having spent the last week watching YouTube videos of Hot Wheels racing tournaments (yes, that's a thing) and Matchbox car restorations as well as reading this thread led me to go out looking for charity shop chod. I did find a few and will post pics when my camera battery has charged up. I also uncovered my box of cars from when I was a kid the other day, some of which were restored* a few decades ago.
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