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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Some nice old 1970s & 1980s showroom pics...   
    The one on the corner? They do car and van hire as well, good little garage is that.
     
    Another is Misterton Garage in........Misterton, Crewkerne Zummerzet. It's been a tiny Ford dealer since around 1975 and is still going largely unchanged although it's only a Ford service centre now. I lived there and recall their Y reg Sierra L demonstrator in Cardinal red.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Some nice old 1970s & 1980s showroom pics...   
    It was there in 1997 when i lived in/existed in Aylesbury. But then it was a regular garage with a filling station. Adams moved out of Ayles out towards Tring, became Peugeot but have now gone - the name, the garage, the lot.
     
    The other thing that pisses me off: garages with mono names. So F. Bimbles & Son in Hereford is now Hereford Volkswagen and Continental Cars (Oxbury) is now Oxbury Audi. I bet they were up all fucking night thinking that up. Those are the ones that aren't Arnold Shark, Sytners, Stratstone, Evans Bastard Halshaw, all with commercial radio adverts telling you how affordable the modern rubbish they sell is.
     
    To my knowledge there is at least one nice little dealership left - Misterton Garage in Misterton (really!) near Crewkerne. Still a Ford dealer, it hasn't changed much in the last 30-35 years. One day though, I will drive through to find the site cleared as some cunt plans to build 6 starter homes on top of some local history.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from egg in Specials 'n' Low volume production shite.   
    I always throught the Swallow Doretti was a lovely bit of work and 1000 times nicer than the TR3.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from warren t claim in Mk5 Cortina 2.3 GLS Roadtest 1979   
    But not in reality! The 2.3 Cortina was road tested at a genuine 105 mph. Add the lying 'plus 15%' Ford speedo and you do indeed get 120 mph.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    That was the MOT from 1992. What did it fail on this time?
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from rob88h in The Autoshite holy grail is now one of us!   
    It's actually Patrick Duffy. "Tsk"
     
    Sierras were ace, particularly the early ones. It was the first Ford that actually drove really well. Nice simple mechanics but the rear semi trailing arm suspension was very effective.
     
    Now then.
     
    If that Sierra were mine*, I'd be replacing the front wing, secondhand door, repair that rear wing before administering 2 litres of Cardinal cellulose. No way would it be concours, but I love to see old cars looking smart.
     
    Is the original V V carb present? I'm hoping you can still buy new diaphragm kits as a well set up VV worked okay. The 1.6 Pinto will bend valves if the cam belt snaps. Getting the front pulley off to replace the belt can be a real struggle. 
     
    I had my last Sierra 19 years ago. YGY914Y.
     
     
     
    P.S I just looked up the word 'debased' in the dictionary and there's no reference to full wheel covers or colour keyed front grilles.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from MarvinsMom in Vent Your VAG Hatred Here!   
    You have to be in the motor trade really to appreciate the true awfulness of VAG. The way they rust underneath, rounded off snapped bolts, the stupid design, cheap components but all wrapped up in  package that looks really, really nice when new. I had a Golf TDi 140 as a hire car in 2009, early Mark 6. Lovely car, did it all so well but by now it'll be a shed. Same with BMW and Mercedes. Lovely new cars but 10 years old? Forget it.
     
    We had a 1994 Audi 80 2.0E and despite being dog slow, it was superbly built and did 100'000 miles in 2.5 years. It was a Lloyds lease machine from new and I bought it at 2.5 years old with mega miles. I suspect these and the original A4's were the last of the really solid ones. Mark 3 Golfs of that era were poor.
     
    By rights, Toyota and the Koreans should have put VAG out of business but they know how to market a very average product very well.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from 2cvspecial in Some nice old 1970s & 1980s showroom pics...   
    It was there in 1997 when i lived in/existed in Aylesbury. But then it was a regular garage with a filling station. Adams moved out of Ayles out towards Tring, became Peugeot but have now gone - the name, the garage, the lot.
     
    The other thing that pisses me off: garages with mono names. So F. Bimbles & Son in Hereford is now Hereford Volkswagen and Continental Cars (Oxbury) is now Oxbury Audi. I bet they were up all fucking night thinking that up. Those are the ones that aren't Arnold Shark, Sytners, Stratstone, Evans Bastard Halshaw, all with commercial radio adverts telling you how affordable the modern rubbish they sell is.
     
    To my knowledge there is at least one nice little dealership left - Misterton Garage in Misterton (really!) near Crewkerne. Still a Ford dealer, it hasn't changed much in the last 30-35 years. One day though, I will drive through to find the site cleared as some cunt plans to build 6 starter homes on top of some local history.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from horriblemercedes in 1986 635 Cs i - SinBin since 2020...   
    Shit oversized Alpenis replica wheels and a rotten wing.
     
    That'll be an E24 then. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Valeting / Detailing / two bucket wronguns   
    I can, trust me.
     
    I have mates who are into concours. When travelling to an event they will stop, go back and go a different route in there is a damp patch on the road, get to event, wheels off, clean the insides etc etc.
     
    There is something fundamentally wrong with concours and the freaks that do it.
     
    My car gets washed twice a year whether it needs it or not. I dislike car cleaning - that's what Lithuanians are for.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from HMC in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    That's when Rolls Royces and Bentleys sold to proper people.  Walk into Jack Barclays with a tattoo and sportswear in 1975, and they'd set the dogs on you. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from inconsistant in OMG SNO KAOS - pics or stories?   
    Quite clearly a typical HGF.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from 808 Estate in Valeting / Detailing / two bucket wronguns   
    I can, trust me.
     
    I have mates who are into concours. When travelling to an event they will stop, go back and go a different route in there is a damp patch on the road, get to event, wheels off, clean the insides etc etc.
     
    There is something fundamentally wrong with concours and the freaks that do it.
     
    My car gets washed twice a year whether it needs it or not. I dislike car cleaning - that's what Lithuanians are for.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from Wingz123 in Mercedes Benz - W123 230E & W124 200E - Both happy and working ok   
    Newank autojumble hasn’t been any good for years. If you want an overpriced NOS wing for a Riley 45/76 or Austin Atrocious maybe but for regular stuff, no.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from BlankFrank in Project Capri. Back on the road! New earths.   
    Was it a Capri specialist?
     
    You need to see what car restorers in Eastern Europe are like - there's a guy in Hungary who restores nothing but BMW E9 Coupes. He's probably not cheap by Hungarian standards but cheap by ours, and his work is just astounding. The lengths he goes to eliminating rust and getting panel fits 100% perfect (a real 100%) are unreal. There is a real skill set in the former Bloc countries that had to be learned from a make do and mend mentality.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/CSlsGarage?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from bangernomics in Bramz photos of 2020, a bit of pick and mix   
    I do have the horn for the Zagato Aston Martin, stunning in the flesh. The last proper Aston for me; none of that Ford engined stuff, and the Virage was such a pig.
    TFP.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from Greekshite in What's the first car you remember your family owning?   
    First car was a maroon 1965 Austin Mini when it was 18 months old. Then a blue and white 1966 Morris Mini Cooper and then a white 1275GT on a J. Mum's first car was a red and white 1960 Mini with Cosmic wheels, Austin 1100 engine, madadash and all the usual seventies Mini accessories. 1974 saw a new Mexico on the drive and the white 1275GT went to Mother. 1977 and the Mex was chopped for a Capri 2000S and the 1275GT was traded for a new Polo L in 1978.
     
    Needless to say, none of them still exist and none of my folks cars from the 1980's made it either.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from uk_senator in 1984 ALFA 33 GOLD CLOVERLEAF £3,000   
    I had various 33's.
     
    1983 A reg 1.3 in red, £60, just pulled some bits off and weighed it.
     
    1985 C reg Green Cloverfield run silver/rust, £200 and it became a Minari.
     
    1986D 33 Boxer 4C in silver - sold it to the blond girl in the 1990's Timotei ads. I shit you not. She came with her Dad. He was an ugly bastard. She was stunning. And a Brummie.
     
    1987 E 1.5Ti in gunmetal grey. It had no fifth gear, but it was cheap from the auctions.
     
    1990 G 1.5Ti in white, bought for peanuts from the auctions with a couple of easily remedied faults. 
     
    The facelift 1990 cars were a bit rubbish,
     
    These were the mid 1990's, a great time to buy an Alfa because they were plentiful and cheap. 75's, 33's, Sprints and the last remnants of Suds. A mate had a Giulietta 1.6 with a 3.0 75 engine but running the standard 1.6 gearbox and diff. By fuck that was quick.
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from alf892 in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    That's when Rolls Royces and Bentleys sold to proper people.  Walk into Jack Barclays with a tattoo and sportswear in 1975, and they'd set the dogs on you. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from trigger in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    Such a pity more old lorries were not saved. The old Fodens and ERF's really are things of beauty. A mid sixties Foden tipper truck would do me nicely for Sheffield traffic wankers. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    Such a pity more old lorries were not saved. The old Fodens and ERF's really are things of beauty. A mid sixties Foden tipper truck would do me nicely for Sheffield traffic wankers. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from martc in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    That's when Rolls Royces and Bentleys sold to proper people.  Walk into Jack Barclays with a tattoo and sportswear in 1975, and they'd set the dogs on you. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from sierraman in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    That's when Rolls Royces and Bentleys sold to proper people.  Walk into Jack Barclays with a tattoo and sportswear in 1975, and they'd set the dogs on you. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans got a reaction from HMC in Scans of old cars from old slides at shows   
    Such a pity more old lorries were not saved. The old Fodens and ERF's really are things of beauty. A mid sixties Foden tipper truck would do me nicely for Sheffield traffic wankers. 
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    The Reverend Bluejeans reacted to Tamworthbay in Stance hilarity   
    But according to some of the replies the only reason they were pulled is because Germany is still run by Hitler and they are trying to rerun ww2. Really? In 1939 they overran 60,000,000 people in six months, pulling a few twats driving shitty cars is hardly invading Poland is it?
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