ETCHY reacted to LightBulbFun in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D
so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,
and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went!
well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!
heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate
only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL
im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it, and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth )
and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc)
its a massive weight off my shoulders now!
speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through!
heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo!
so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more!
Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated
ETCHY reacted to Fumbler in My, how you've grown...
May have posted this on here before so apologies if I have!
Taken a few days after I bought the car in 2019. Nissan really have made those extra 200mm on the new Micra really, really show.
The new Jazz is something like 5cm shorter than the previous one, and is lighter too, but the styling makes it looks much larger than it actually is. Must be to do with all the polygons they design into the bodywork and stuff.
ETCHY reacted to eddyramrod in What year was ‘peak car’?
Infotainment is the work of Satan; in that respect I rate it even above diesel and FWD. Stuff like heating controls, radio etc need to be simple and easy to find on the move. There are FAR too many distractions built into new cars; combined with ridiculous thick windscreen pillars and slitty windows it's no wonder people are driving into each other! It doesn't help that nobody knows how to cross the road any more - when did you last see a Tufty or Green Cross Man ad without going to Youtube?
Of the many many cars I've owned, I still say one of the best for all-round daily use was my mk5 Cortina: 2.0GL automatic. Comfortable, powerful enough, smooth... and it even fitted in a standard parking space!
ETCHY reacted to JeeExEll in Eye-catching black and whites
Aftermarket padded fibreglass dash top designed for Cortina 1500GT gauges and a Mk1 Cortina 1500GT/Lotus armrest console. Wonder what engine it had. I'd be disappointed if I didn't hear the bark of twin 40s.
Just needs Deep Purple 'Smoke On The Water' at full volume.
Then converted to side windows. Those banded rims must have been heavy. Bit of negative camber at the front there, what a fantastic period van.
ETCHY reacted to jaycey001 in I brought a Lada Niva!
Ive been in the market for a reliable, long distance cruiser for some time and had narrowed my search down to a Discovery Tdi or even a Dacia of some description. I live in Southern Spain so needed something that would be reliable for driving back to England in several times a year (I know you are now checking the title of this thread, dont worry its not a glitch in the forums 🤣)
So I was browsing Wallapop and facebook market place, which seems to be my only pass time at the moment, and up came a 1992 Lada Niva with 52,000 Km on the clock and it had a Snorkel fitted!! So I immediately contacted the owner and arranged to view it the following week. I had assumed the vehicle was in Granada province as per my search criteria but on investigating realized it was closer to Madrid than Granada and was a good 6 hour drive away, across mountain passes, incredibly steep inclines, hair pin bends and sheer drops.
Regardless, a friend agreed to drive me there and we headed off to view my future reliable pan-European cruiser. The boot of his 1997 Pushrod Fiesta was filled with spares, tools, tow ropes, jump leads, spares and camping gear (just encase) and we headed off. Even in the passenger front seat I felt travel sick driving along the mountain passes and after a few hours I longed to be behind the wheel of the Lada so I at least could focus on driving and not if I was about to vomit over the mountain side.
We passed through many tiny Spanish towns and farming communities and eventually arrived in a village in Ciudad Real and saw the Lada parked at the road side, without a Snorkel, just a hole in the bonnet where it should have been. Good start I thought!
The Lada had about 3 foot of thick dried mud stuck to every surface which made rust checking impossible, I went to check the oil but the seller didnt know where the dip stick was and when I found it there was no trace of oil in the sump at all, on date checking the tires it was obvious they were the original Ukrainian rubber and well cracked with unknown inner tubes, the drivers door window didnt wind down, but the screw driver wedged in to hold it up was included in the sale, Bargain!
I went to start it and when it burst into life the seller made a surprised and relived sound as if he wasnt expecting it to start. All good signs of a bargain I thought and after traveling all that way I knew it would be impossible to negotiate the price, which it was. On a short test drive the cabin filled with petrol fumes and crawled along at a leisurely and very noisy pace.
Obviously, as any Autoshiter would do I handed over a big bundle of cash with a smile and jumped in ready for the 200km drive home. As the seller counted his cash he commented that driving it was "Pure Joy" he then loaded me up with free Coca Cola (possibly anticipating a breakdown and didnt want me dyeing of dehydration in 40C heat!)
First stop was a petrol station and filled it to the brim for a total of 29 euro we then headed off across the mountains, the fuel gauge swung erratically along with the oil pressure gauge around every turn and after 2 hours behind the wheel I knew I had a gem of a car, driving it is like a cross between my old 89 O Series Petrol Sherpa van and a 300tdi Defender, just a collection of all the worse bits of both of them! The steering is vague to say the least and on tight bends you turn the wheel and it seems nothing happens until a few seconds later when it eventually bites and flings you in the direction you want to go, the breaks are non existent but the gearing is so low all you need to do is come off the accelerator and your crawling along.
Another hour or two later we decided to find a camp site, which led us into a national park, with ridiculous 12% inclines which included a hair pin at the top and every time I had to get up one of these hills I would need 1st or 2nd gear and every so often the engine would miss and feel like it was about to cut out, by then I would have a huge line of traffic behind me, when going down the hills the huge line of traffic would back right off as the exhaust popped and banged due to over fueling. Even my mate who I was following could smell the un-burnt fuel coming off the car. Another feature is that when you go above 80km/h the wing mirrors self fold allowing for more aerodynamics - those clever Russians knew what they were doing!
Finally at the campsite I sat and drank many beers while my body recovered from the trip.
The next day early in the morning we had the most difficult part of the drive across the main mountain range, the car started first time and despite doing about 12mpg and being severely out of tune it got me home, a total of 270km in the end.
On inspection the snorkel was in the boot and ready to fit (apparently it kept falling off, hence why it was removed) and since getting all the mud off it is in very good solid condition and the millage seems genuine, the only real problem was that the clutch fluid reservoir was empty and the flexi hoses so corroded you could fit a euro coin in the cracks.
Its now with my mechanic and is being converted to electronic ignition, weber carb, full service etc etc and come April I plan to drive it back to England - I will update on how that goes 😅
Here are a few pics:
ETCHY got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Vauxhall VX 4/90 (FD)
The FD Victor was a bloody cool looking car, the VX4/90 trim level just made it even cooler (god those wheels look brill). Great shape & the interior is great too, black vinyl rocks.
Really like those, not seen one on the road in forever.
ETCHY reacted to AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II
Arrival, part two, and just to show that I'm not all about rusty German barges,
Another Vanguards variant that I've been chasing for years and inexplicably never got round to buying one of! This is from one of the golden eras of Vanguards IMO. It was amazing at the time that I could finally get models of "real life" classics that other manufacturers had ignored. Stuff like Marinas, MK1 Granadas, Allegros, Hillman Imps and, as shown here, the Landcrab. At this time, Lledo had really upped the game with detail and features like sprung suspension.
This one was another eBay purchase and it really is as new, right down to the box.
Unopened bag with the mirror still on the sprue and collectors card un-removed from the box.
There were a couple of reasons I have been after this particular version. One being the colour, of course. "Antelope" really shows this one as being a later BL-era example. (Complete with correct plughole badges on the front wings)
However this one has a wider than usual side stripe and a slightly racy red interior, which gives away the fact that this might not be the usual family plodder.
That little boot badge says it all. This is the twin-carb 1800 S. I've always liked the idea of the Landcrab's slightly staid styling coupled with the grunt of an MGB motor. Generally I just like sporty versions of cars you would think unlikely to have a sporty version of, I suppose.
A great model of the Landcrab IMO, I think the S would have looked a lot better with some Wolseley 2200 style Rostyles as standard though.
(Runs and hides...)
ETCHY reacted to DoctorRetro in The Doctor's travels through time. Tyre-ing situation
Not much to update, I've replaced the Renault alloys with Mini steels, repaired the cracked mirror and done a hill climb at Shelsey Walsh.
Have been toying with selling, because that's what I do, but difficult to see what I'd replace it with that'd be any better.
I did see a 'nice' Skoda 120L on Facebook, but it sold before I could pull my finger out and enquire.
ETCHY reacted to martc in Truck Shite
More miscellaneous Soviet/Russian wagons. And a tractor (Ukrainian).
GAZ-330811. Available now from your local authorised dealer. Assuming you're a dictator.
ZIL-E-167 from the 1960's. ULEZ exempt.
MAZ-7904 12x12 Truck - 42.4 litre V12 Diesel engine produces 1500hp. It has a second auxiliary engine (a YAMZ-238F V8) which is used to power the pneumatic pumps, electric generators, cooling system fans and other units, its output is 330 HP. The curb weight of the chassis is 140 tonnes, it can carry a payload of 220 tonnes and the wheels have a diameter of 2.8m. Built in 1983.
Kharkiv T150K tractor from the 1980's. Kharkiv are still with us, as XTZ, in the now independent Ukraine. Their current range of tractors still have a family resemblance to the above -
ETCHY reacted to R1152 in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread
I can understand LBF's frustration when myths and errors get perpetuated by people who should really know better though - in my own little field of interest I've had to combat that, even to the extent of being told I'm wrong because the English-speaking bit of the Internet says otherwise.
If @LightBulbFun is doing a book on Invacars and invalid carriages in general, I will certainly put my name down for a copy.
ETCHY reacted to St.Jude in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread
No. You do not think that. Stop it. Stop it now.
It's as big a commitment as you want it to be. If you want to make millions* like Dollywobbler is quite clearly making then yes, there's a lot of hustling involved. But, if you want it to sit there on the internet as an opus to the Invacar, so that other like minded weirdos aficionados or people who have had their perversion interest tickled by the sight of an Invacar can actually learn about them, then it will be what it is. A reference for the greater good.
You have all of this information, you have all of this knowledge, and it's just stuck inside your head. You have the ability, you have a charisma about you that is different to other people. You're different to me, you're different to Iain, you're different to @Kiltox, you're different to idriveaclassic, you're different to everyone. But there is a lid for every pot, and while you won't be everyone's cup of tea, you should never believe that you should be everyone's cup of tea. You are you because of who you are, and the major thing I think everyone gets told when doing the YouTube is be yourself. Which, when you consider these knobheads who make videos of the same shite going OMG HOW FAST CAN I GO FRU MACCYD'S DRIVE THRU BRO - well I don't know.
Impart your knowledge and wisdom of the subject to YouTube, and see how it goes. You will get arseholes and knobheads taking the piss, but you know what - they haven't put themselves out there. So fuck them. If you have confidence and a belief in what you are doing, then the words of those people you are worried about (which we're all worried about when we put something out in to the public domain) shouldn't matter.
You don't have to ad lib, you can write a script, and you can practice. It'd do wonders for your public speaking, although that said having been introduced to many a light bulb by you on the Tuesday calls you don't seem to struggle with that. Plus, really, you've a lot of people here who would be happy to lend an eye or an ear to anything you want to put out and give you feedback.
I think you could do something really cool and (importantly) really helpful to the wider car community. I'd back you on it.
*based purely on the fact he can manage to drive a car willingly that will only provide 20mpg on a good day
ETCHY reacted to LightBulbFun in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread
nice to see TWC is out and about once more
although I really wish you would be a bit more positive/show the whole story when you give a potted history on the the Model 70
for example there where many different control schemes available, and that TWC is not of standard handle bar control layout, the standard layout was per TPA with switch gear and hand brake left
TWC only has her odd control layout because that is what her last user needed because of his or her disabilities
and for example you could get a floor mounted hand operated, or foot pedal foot operated parking brake should you require it, I know of a Model 70 that had 4 foot pedals because of that! which amusing when they are an automatic car!
you could also get single handed tiller controls or a regular steering wheel if you had weak arms and needed the extra gearing a steering wheel provided and likewise you could also get a brake booster installed if for similar reasons you needed one
and that Graham hill drove an AC Acedes Mk15 which is not exactly a fair representation of a Model 70 is it now
and also the Model 70 was crash tested by MIRA and data from those tests was used to improve the Model 70 and produce the Model 70 Mark B and later revisions with strengthened chassis to improve front and rear crash worthiness, and engine restraints to stop the driveline from entering the cabin in the event of bad accident
im not saying they are safe compared todays cars but, a lot of people seem to paint the picture that safety was not thought about at all, and that they where much worse then contemporary cars when that very much was not the case
how many cars even today came with a fire extinguisher as standard and later Model 70's even had a rollover bar to protect the occupants in the event of a rollover crash/accident
which most other cars of the time did not have
and the driving test was a bit more involved than just a drive round a car park
they legally where motorcycles more or less back then (still are depending on the weight of the vehicle) so each user had to pass what was basically a motorcycle test and had driving lessons with an instructor
one amusing anecdote of this Is of an examiner getting run over by an Invacar, because he was taking one out on test and told the user "when I see you come round I will out onto the road I want you to do an emergency stop"
and an Invacar came round, so the examiner stepped out onto the road, but it was NOT the Invacar under test so the poor examiner got run over!
a lot of what you hear from back then was a Vocal minority, that basically just wanted Free Mini's and then it was all picked up by the press as the thing to shit on basically
the original plan was to get rid of all Invacars by 1981! but this caused such an outcry by the silent majority that they where not withdrawn until as you say in 2003
as you do say, a lot of Invacar users could not drive a regular car because they simply could not be adapted like the Model 70 could be, because a regular car was not built for the disabled while the Model 70
and also the Model 70 was free on the DHSS, but a motability car would cost you money still, and if you did have a family or such the DHSS would give you a regular car for free, you could even get Renault 4's!
and this picture for example was part of a protest against the decision to get rid of all Invalid vehicles by 1981 from people who really did not want to give up their machines!
I say all this
because for the most part your just saying what all the news websites say, and its bit disheartening when I have put so much time and effort researching the actual facts and figures
for someone keep perpetuating the myths and wrong information etc
and I will admit you do sort of sit there and go whats the bloody point then
but alas ill keeping fighting for the Model 70 as much as people laugh/take the piss out of me me for it!
anyways I look forward to seeing more TWC adventures
ETCHY reacted to LightBulbFun in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread
I will admit I did go into a bit of a ramble there and im not expecting @dollywobbler to say word for word/detail what I wrote up
(although if he did want to do a deep dive into the Invacar video, id be more then willing to help with that!)
but its just that, Dollywobbler is the public relations guy when it comes to Invacars, just by virtue of the fact they are so obscure and he got popular with his
there are no other big youtubers/internet people doing Invacars
so anytime anything Invacar related happens he is called to it, and people treat him as the Invacar authority figure, so what he says people will tend to believe
and thats fine and all, but I just wish because of this, that a little bit more effort would be made to getting the facts and figures right
theres no way im unsubscribing from his channel! it is very awesome and I very much enjoy his content still!
I just wanted to get that grievance so to speak off my chest it had been sitting there for a good while!