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Mr Pastry

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  1. It worked OK, but even as a small child I wasn't convinced that this was the domestic lighting of the future!
  2. We actually had one of these things in the living room in my childhood home, just hanging on two bayonet sockets. It looked a bit naff, really, even for the 1950s when nobody had any money. The PO was (supposedly) an electrical engineer and got all sorts of odd things like that from work. IIRC the ballast/starter was a hefty tin box about 6 x 6 x 6 inches, which was under the floorboards of the room above.
  3. I think they may be mod 70 specific as they are machined to fit over the Fiat hub flange and are 4" PCD, so they do not seem to be adapted from something else. All this special stuff must have cost a fortune.
  4. I think that's the ABC Kingston upon Thames which was still a cinema in the 1970s, nobody wore black jeans then either, so I would say it's mid 1980s.
  5. Surely if you buy a brand new car you are going to lose a lot of money on depreciation? Well don't buy it then.
  6. Yes. The build order is not always what you would expect. I had been thinking about this in relation to the steering column. I think the chassis would have been supplied pretty much as the Rolls in your picture, with the steering and dash in place. I would guess that the bulkhead panel would be practically identical on both types of body, but on the factory steel body it would be welded into the bodyshell before that was fitted to the chassis. I had wondered whether the column, stator tube and steering wheel were built up as a sub-assembly and fitted complete, However, unless the bul
  7. The usual arrangement on cars of this period is that the trafficator switch is mounted on a stator tube, which runs inside the hollow steering column, and emerges at the base of the base of the steering box where it is clamped - often a nut with a compression olive. The horn and trafficator wiring runs down through the stator tube and then connects to the loom. With the cables disconnected and the clamp undone, you can pull the stator tube/switch assembly manually up through the column. The nut which retains the steering wheel will then be exposed. The steering wheel will either be on a s
  8. Probably not worth the trouble and expense. A large single SU is the thinking person's choice and will work just as well with the normal camshaft, plus it looks absolutely standard, old boy, which is generally a good thing. Will be watching progress with interest.
  9. +1 for that. Absolutely cracking cars. Same engine as the coupe and slightly lower geared, so they go really well, and usually have been looked after and not ragged around.
  10. I think that's absolutely right. The thing with the car though is that it will very likely need another three grand spending to get it anywhere near roadworthy. Exhaust system, tyres and a major brake overhaul at least, and that assumes that the engine, drivetrain structure are OK. A coupe would perhaps be a different matter, as they are always worth a bit more.
  11. Did anybody except me think that Bulltrader was an actual site where you could buy a real bull and maybe get it delivered? It's not. Very disappointing.
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