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  1. As the resident Ssangyong owner, their first pick ups to be sold in the UK were branded Korando Sports,despite having little in common with either the Korando, except the engine,or any sport.
  2. Isn't it strange that 50 years on, we're remembering all this?They were nice looking cars though.
  3. I suppose an MGB would be considered a Sports Car.What sort of sport involves sitting in a field on a camping chair eating sandwiches,with rows of other MGs?
  4. Wasn't the Mk 1 Sport a de trimmed 1300GT?
  5. Coaches have automatic gearboxes,which allow the drivers more time and energy to get off with the female passengers!
  6. Acceleration like that is just stupid.Floor the accelerator and your coffee will go everywhere!
  7. Belongs to an Irish builder.Paddy O 'Doors!
  8. The point I'm trying to make is that the manual transmission is the only thing there's been no development in,apart from putting more ratios in to require more input from the driver.There's still a disc trapped between two spinning plates,cogs that need slipping in and out of mesh,a degree of foot/hand coordination required, particularly on hills,where use of a further control can be critical.To add insult to injury,MrsDs car has an indicator telling the driver which gear to change to and moans at me when I ignore it because obviously I know better,or can't be bothered.
  9. Manual gearboxes are an anachronism in todays world.A modern ICE car will have a computer controlling its every move.Especially the engine.Fuel,air,speed , temperature etc.will be monitored and adjusted thousands of times a minute.Yet to put its power to the wheels,one has to press a pedal,move a lever,press another pedal whilst releasing the first.And as soon as any speed is achieved,do it again.And again.With extra opportunities having been added over time,for increased "pleasure".And when you slow down,do it in reverse order.Some people say they don't like automatics, because "you're not in control".Well, surely you move a lever for forwards,backwards or not at all.Press one pedal to go and when you want to slow down or stop,stop pressing it so hard or press the other one.
  10. It's a good feeling to use an old car as a daily driver sometimes.Used the Renault 25 for a couple of weeks late last year as a work vehicle when the Zafira was off the road with timing chain problems.Quite enjoyed it.Had a guy run over and tell me his manager had one and let him drive it when he worked for Alpine Soft Drinks.He thought it was a Nissan Bluebird though!
  11. Son messaged me early Sunday morning.Did I fancy helping him with the rear wheel bearing/ABS sensor on his partners A3?Said I was a bit busy,but suggested he got the parts from Parkers which is open Sundays.Said he'd already ordered them from ECP and was going to pick them up WCPGW?.About lunchtime,get a call.Started job and they'd given him the wrong wheel bearing.Could I go to Parkers and get the right one,as she's taken his car.Turns out there's two sizes of bearing.Long queue,but get there in the end .Asked which size,part in stock,pay,just getting in car and he phones to say they'd given him the wrong discs and pads too!Back in queue again,parts in stock,round to his,bearing fits but ABS ring is missing.Back to Parkers.Chap gets another one out which has ring on it.Thinks someone might have had the ring off and returned part.Parts were less than half ECP price though so not all bad.Wasted a lot of a nice day though.I suppose our motor trade members have this all the time.
  12. Got the split gaiter replaced on Friday.Is there a more hateful job?All that horrid black grease flung everywhere.All went well though.I'd wire brushed and sprayed the suspension nuts a few days previously,with GT85.Those stretch boots amaze me.Got some proper lube for the cone this time.The last time I used it with some silicone spray,which didn't work well.Anyway,all done now.
  13. If there's no drivers door, you'll have to get in from the passenger side!
  14. Dobloseven

    More tax

    How does that work?
  15. Bloody hell,Pete,that bought a tear to my glass eye!
  16. The windscreen washer hasn't been working for a few weeks.Beem putting off having a look but I believe in trying to keep on top of jobs as they occur,so went for it today.Bottle comes out easily,no need to remove wheel arch liner or wheel.full lock gives enough access.Power getting to pump, resistance through pump,but pump seized.Local parts place couldn't source anything off the reg,but said to bring it in and they'd try to match it.Noticed it had a join in it,so nothing to lose by prising it apart.Pump fine but motor very stiff.Soon freed off with GT85,drop of thin oil,then grease where it fits into the pump.Clean the connections up,same with the float switch for the low water level and jobs jobbed.Flushed the bottle out,put it all back,fill it up and all good. Next job's replacing a split CV joint gaiter.Did the other side the other year.Have bought the same stretchy boot which seemed ok.
  17. Well done that man! Lovely to see old cars out and about.Enjoy!Saw Mk 4 Zephyr today coming out of GSF.Roads were wet as well.
  18. A lady used to park one on our road for a long time whilst she worked at a nearby factory.Always thought it looked very good in metallic turquoise and beige leather seats.Perhaps they're a bit colour sensitive.Harks back to a time when car makers had convertible mania.
  19. Fun fact.They were also sold as the Peugeot 4008 and Citroen C4 Aircross.Not in the UK though.Though we did get the larger Outlander based 4007 and C Crosser.
  20. Had to check, it's a 100hp isn't it .Any Panda is a great little car though .Enjoy!
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