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  1. I am glad you posted this, I have an identical kit to fit on my mk4 Ghia estate this weekend.
  2. Empress car sales did this regularly, I took the newspaper with me and asked about every car in the advert. Surprisingly I had just missed each of them, but they had similar ones for around a grand more in each case. The last time I went they had a manual 3.6 XJS, I called and asked if it was really there and what condition it was in. I was assured it was there and immaculate! When I got there it was actually there in the showroom with a huge pool of oil underneath on the showroom floor! I pointed it out to the salesman and he said our workshop will sort that, I also pointed out the large lump of filler in the rear quarter panel! It was far from immaculate, needless to say I didn’t buy it.
  3. This is very common, I went to see a K reg Sapphire in the mid nineties, it was cheap and I called the seller as soon as the paper came out hoping to get a bargain. I asked if it had been accident damaged and the seller said no, it is very good condition. When I got to his house you could see immediately that it was not sitting straight and the shell was clearly not straight. I asked again if it had been in an accident and he was adamant it hadn’t. I called HPI and checked it in front of him and surprisingly* it was a write off! The seller was in a wheel chair and in traction, I suspect from a previous satisfied customer. When I bought my TVR I saw a very cheap one on Autotrader, I called the seller as soon as the advert came out and was told it was in good condition and never crashed. I drove straight to Nottingham to view it (3 hours each way) pulled up out side his house with a very strong smell of fibreglass resin coming from the garage and filler dust everywhere, the car stank and looked terrible, I didn’t hang around long, no need to waste money on a HPI check there. Blatant lies about mileage are very common now. As has been mentioned sawdust in the gearbox and axle were common ‘repairs’. On the positive side the TVR I did buy turned out to be excellent and cheap as the seller was moving to Barbados and wanted cash. I also bought a Mini Cub ( Moke kit car) very cheap at Cardiff auction when it was pushed through the ring as the last car of the day because they couldn’t start it. I had it for half the reserve price and drove it home after tightening the battery leads!
  4. South Wales, so a bit of a drive for you but I’d buy you a breakfast if you came here. I will try and take pictures when I am there next, it is only a small stall but they are friendly, if there is anything in particular you want let me know.
  5. I had breakfast in a nice cafe on Saturday which I had not been in before, on the counter they were selling a selection of 007 models for £7 each, unfortunately no Taunus Ghia and I had most of the ones there except a 2CV so I bought it. When talking with the cafe owner he told me there was a good model stall in the market so when I finished my breakfast we walked to the market, of the items there I bought the 1300 estate and vanguards mini van. The stall owner said he would have a vanguards Cortina and rally Hunter in next Saturday so I must remember to get there early.
  6. It is the right colour, right spec. and right engine. No excuses, someone on here should buy this. I must admit I am not a fan of low spec. underpowered cars but I really do like beige cars and this looks great. My excuse is that I have too many cars so I’m out. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203951156815?hash=item2f7c6fae4f:g:ws4AAOSwpj1igXnD It is a fine looking car: Power to the people!
  7. I would also be interested in more information and pictures of this car. I assume by it being on the road that it is still in use? It is great to see a Cortina in this condition still being used as it should be. I would love to see pictures of the interior as I believe the early mk4’s in Signal yellow had the option of green interior which would be fantastic.
  8. I think the top one is for an Anglia:
  9. We got to Longbridge and it was worth going. One for @Matty Some temptation there! If I had not recently bought a Mercedes I would have bought the red Montego, I believe the owner wanted £500 which seemed good in the current market.
  10. A few weeks ago a friend suggested I should get the tomcat on the road and take it to the pride of Longbridge show as he had recently bought a 214 cabriolet and was taking that. We bought a set of 4 new Yokohama’s and fitted the only uncracked tyre left on the spare Next job was to tackle the rust. I am sorry the pictures are upside down, I have no idea why. This is the first time I have seen more rust on the outside than inside a sill and it was a nice surprise. After cleaning the area I made some templates and cut them out With the welding done, new tyres fitted,lights, wipers, horn, brakes etc. checked it was ready for the MOT. Or was it? the one thing we didn’t check was the seatbelt, when I got in to drive to the MOT the seatbelt wouldn’t engage, also the SRS light decided to stay on and was a fail for some reason along with a few other dubious issues. The seatbelt receiver came apart easy enough and the fault was a dislodged spring, we fixed this and the rest of the issues within an hour and got a new MOT the next day so we’re ready just in time for the drive to Longbridge.
  11. I had a two year old mk3 Mondeo Ghia estate and original colour was on the log book as silver, the car was Gold and was clearly original and never resprayed. I would not worry.
  12. Yes, this has been modified, I believe it started off as a 1.6L with red interior if it is the car I think it is. It was rebuilt and used for the 2012 Cortina’s to Cortina run and had the 82 model grey GL seats in then, I think it has changed hands at least once since then but apart from the badge looks the same as when Jim had it.
  13. On a 1977 Cortina the rocker cover should be blue the same as the cambelt cover, not sure on the shade of blue as I need to do the same on my 2.0S. I have a passenger door mirror to fit on my estate, my opinion is that if it is an option available when the car was new then it is a worthwhile upgrade, I am also thinking of fitting a Philips turnolock or pioneer fm radio cassette from 1977 in mine but haven’t yet. As for electronic ignition, I have never fitted it to any of my Cortina’s but one of my friends keeps telling me I should, I am still undecided on this.
  14. I am not a Rolls Royce fan and this is not cheap but it is less than the cost of a mediocre new car. It is also fantastic colours inside and out and has a good numberplate. Cheaper than a new Focus and infinitely more stylish and interesting: https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1443160 Sorry I cannot copy the pictures on my iPad but the link should work 🤞
  15. The E320 CDi is showing 25 mpg on very short runs to Asda and back, it is showing 30 mpg for trips around 10 miles each way and 40 mpg for long runs. I should start using the Panda more for very short trips as it does 40 mpg and 50 mpg for 10 miles or longer trips. Typically after many years of saying I would not buy a diesel as soon as I get one the price of diesel shoots up to over 10p a litre more than petrol. I think my next job will be to get the 1.6 Cortina estate back on the road.
  16. Is anyone going to The Pride of Longbridge on the 23rd at Cofton Park? I have ordered a set of new tyres and booked the Tomcat in for an MOT next Tuesday, I will need to get on with the welding over the bank holiday and hope for a pass. If all goes to plan Cofton Park will be it’s first run out🤞
  17. I like these early 4 door Range Rovers: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224932833174?hash=item345f0aa796:g:L9oAAOSwOodiVH3j
  18. This looks interesting especially if the price stays sensible: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/275267005007?hash=item4017312a4f:g:81MAAOSwW8diVVF8 Could be good for @SiC as it seems to be several cars in one. I like it and think the square lights suit it and like estates.
  19. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194971977225?hash=item2d653c4609:g:ycMAAOSw0xNiVFjD
  20. Sable brown looks great on the series 1 Jag. Sir William Lyons chose it for his own car. It is no secret that I love brown cars, especially Roman Bronze.
  21. Wesacosa has won the day and week for me, but this looks a nice old car: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255471380449?hash=item3b7b47e7e1:g:66oAAOSw6YxiSxjc An estate and red interior: Very nice 😎
  22. Yes it is an XL, was your fathers car an estate? Ford didn’t put sports wheels on the estates for some reason, same with the Granada. The 1.6XL also had hubcaps and rim embellishes but most 2.0 XL saloons had sports wheels, maybe the sports wheels were optional but I didn’t think so, I will dig the brochure out tonight if I remember. Regarding the chrome trim, the grill would not have the two chrome strips on a later car and the bumper underriders would not be fitted. Ford changed the spec. every year, it is easy to tell the year a Cortina is made without looking at the number plate, they made a lot of changes.
  23. I like the fact you have two very smart L reg BL cars, it must look like 1994 outside your house, I mean that in a very good way, both great colours too.
  24. Yes, that is the plan. The first time I went was 2002 and would not want to miss it, I hope to take the mk4 Ghia estate again as we did in 2012 but I need to get it running right first. Are you going?
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