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  1. This looks a nice little thing, only 30K on the clock too. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Peugeot-106-1-1-Escapade-/202884047714?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10 I wonder what the interior is like? Whoa! Not to everyone's taste but I quite like it.
  2. I've recently restored this Matchbox Daimler bus that I've owned from new. DSCF0919 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0920 by timothy jones, on Flickr
  3. That's not too bad for a 30 year old car. It looks a lovely old thing.
  4. This looks rather nice, good Mot history too. Mot to October, £390. If I had room , etc. https://www.gumtree.com/p/peugeot/peugeot-306-1.4l-2-keepers-mot-til-october-2020-very-good-driving-condition-quick-sale-£390/1364090994
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  6. Good to see it got you home safely.
  7. After a few unsuccessful visits to The Entertainer in Merry Hill over the past few weeks I got lucky today and finally got a Volvo estate. 😀 DSCF1045 by timothy jones, on Flickr As they still have the 3 for 2 offer on I also picked up a Porsche 944 Turbo and a GT40. DSCF1046 by timothy jones, on Flickr
  8. Last Saturday I made my usual pre Christmas trip to Pontypool to visit my brother and his family to deliver the presents and cards. I decided to go in the Saxo as I thought it would be fun for the presents to be delivered by ELF. 🙂 The trip down was uneventful and included passing 1000 miles since arriving on the fleet. DSCF1031 by timothy jones, on Flickr The trip back was a very different matter. As soon as I turned the key the alternator belt started squealing. I said it didn't sound too good but my brother said it would probably quieten down after a bit, which it did. However, as I turned onto the M50 the battery light came on. By this time it was around 10pm, raining and I had no torch or tools with me. I decided to press on and try and get home before the electricity ran out but as it turned out I only got a few miles north of J7 on the M5 before the wipers and instruments packed up. Pulling over onto the hard shoulder I had a quick check and the rear lights had also gone out so carrying on was out of the question. I tried ringing the RAC but I didn't have enough credit on my phone. Some cursing later I set off hoping that I wasn't far from an emergency phone, which luckily I wasn't. They put me through to the RAC who said someone would be with me in around 45 minutes. By now it was 11pm, the car was on the hard shoulder with hazards on and I was standing on a wet verge in porous trainers. DSCF1035 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF1033 by timothy jones, on Flickr Just over an hour later no one had turned up and the battery was now completely flat so the car had no lights at all on an unlit motorway so another trudge up to the emergency phone was in order. I was told that some Highways Agency staff would be along shortly with some lights and the RAC said a recovery vehicle would be with me in 75 minutes. The Highways guys arrived after about 10 minutes and set up a couple of lights and cones behind the car and left me with a couple of thermal blankets and rain ponchos as it was now drizzling and around 12'40 am. The recovery truck arrived at around 1.30 and by 2.30 I was back home having spent nearly 3 hours standing at the side of the motorway. In one of those 'it's a small world' moments, when the truck pulled up outside my house the driver remembered buying one of my old Maxis off me back in the day. It turned out that the alternator belt had come off, presumably when the battery light came on, hence the lack of charge, If that's all it is at least it'll be a cheap fix. DSCF1037 by timothy jones, on Flickr Lessons learned: carry a torch in the car and make sure I've got credit on my phone as if I hadn't been close to that emergency phone I'd have been well and truly fucked.
  9. At the beginning of the year my only car was a 2013 Skoda Fabia 1.2 which I've owned since 2016. DSCF1042 by timothy jones, on Flickr Since discovering HubNut videos the previous July I had been looking for something older so the beginning of February saw me winning a 31K Rover 45 on eBay for just under £370 DSCF0090 by timothy jones, on Flickr Now that I had an old* car I joined the forum only to find that compared to most of the cars on here it was still fairly new so the search continued. Towards the end of June a 1.1 205 GL appeared on the 'eBay tat' thread which had a few hours left and a top bid of £400. Thinking that it would probably go for over £500 as it had 9 months Mot and had only covered 44K I placed a max bid of £450 and went out. Upon my return I was surprised to find that I had the winning bid at £410. A train journey from Brum to Colchester was arranged and my first proper collection was completed by a 220 mile drive in a 33 year old car that I'd never seen before wearing a pair of 30+ year old tyres on the back. DSCF0436 by timothy jones, on Flickr This was the first French car I've owned but it wouldn't be the last. A few weeks later another new arrival appeared, this time via the 'Under £200' thread in the shape of a 1998 Fiesta 1.25 LX which had spent the last couple of years delivering takeaways in the Harborne area of Brum. The owner was moving house the following weekend and couldn't take it with him so I got it for £140. The Mot was only a few weeks but I thought that if it failed badly I'd get most of my money back from the scrap man. Luckily it didn't need much for the Mot and lives on for at least another year. DSCF0715 by timothy jones, on Flickr This was another first for me as in 40 years of driving I'd never owned a Ford, or a car with a sunroof. A few weeks later the 'eBay tat' thread struck again when @wuvvum posted a Citroen Saxo that had been listed in the parts section with a starting bid of £200. The first three times it was listed I managed to resist but as soon as the phrases 'too good to scrap' and 'complete car for breaking' appeared I had to save it. A trip to London and £200 later and I was on my way home in my second smoll Frenchy of the year which has covered over 1000 miles since joining the fleet. DSCF0959 by timothy jones, on Flickr So I've gone from owning one six year old car to owning five cars with an average age of 19.4. What a year.
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