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    trigger reacted to captain_70s in Why are Classic Cars so expensive?   
    Increasing rarity, nostalgia value, the market for 60s/70s car is people who have retired with a good pension, paid off the house, and have a few grand to spare on a hobby. Classic cars are invariably a second car kept as a hobby, so already geared towards the relatively wealthy. Performance models rise in value due to supply/demand and this in turn drags the value of cooking models up as their value in parts rises. What is quite odd is the speed at which 80s/90s cars have gone up in value, they've gone up at the same speed as the older stuff, suggesting more a drive towards investment as "tomorrow's classics" are always* going to go up in value.
    Of late a huge increase in classic car telly, Flipping Bangers, Car SOS, Wheeler Dealers, etc. People like the idea of buying a rusty old car, filling and painting it and flogging it on for a profit. Much like 1960s/70s caravans which are pulled out of fields and restored filled with tat while ignoring the rotten frames and rusty chassis.
    That and a lot of classic cars are just going straight from seller to seller. Look at that Volvo 245 in the eBay thread, fails MOT on masses of rot and long term owner sells it honestly for £770. Bought and immediately put back up for sale for £1700 as only needing a "small amount of welding" with the usual "very rare, appreciating classic,  MUST L@@k" nonsense.
    I reckon the latest rise is pretty unsustainable. Your average 60s/70s car has trebled in value in under 10 years, stuff I was looking at buying in 2011 for £1000, would now fetch an easy £2-3k... There is also the fact that as there is now some money in "classic" cars a lot more cars are being "restored" for profit. @trigger's Dolly Sprint is a good example, £5k+ for a car with pop riveted sills...
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    trigger reacted to Mat.T in Austin 7cwt van resurrection   
    Covid, birth of my first child and various other things and this project has ground to a halt. But Keith is back in the case with the rebuild. We have alot been on the hunt for Nos bits including the rear quarter bumpers.
    https://www.facebook.com/259202380902017/posts/1793974174091489/
     
    Hopefully the face book linkworks



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    trigger got a reaction from scdan4 in 1974 Dolomite Sprint   
    So did I! I knew it had a small scab on the back of the sill and the mot was due shortly so went to see my tamed welder for a price on a patch, that was a depressing visit! 
    Basically a previous owner had fitted a new sill and rather than weld it on they had pop rivited it and then brushed over the bottom with seam sealer and schutz over it all... 

    The front jacking point needs replacing too

    I had to order a new sill from the owners club for £65 but I had to join the club to buy it which was another £27, oh and the new rear main oil seal is pissing out oil and the box needs to come back out again.
    I paid £6000 for it and probably getting on for another £1000 on top of that now. So much for paying top money so that I didn't have to do lots of work on it! 
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    trigger got a reaction from sickboy in Austin 7cwt van resurrection   
    The green Marina would look better powersiding across gravel... 

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    trigger reacted to bunglebus in Tippers plates and customer service...   
    Seems to be the norm for small industry. I ordered some replacement Corgi bits from Steve Flowers, after a month I called to say I hadn't seen anything yet, they were awaiting supplies of one of the things I'd ordered. I don't mind that but a quick call or text would have been preferable to thinking my order had got lost. A week or so after that I get a note in the post that my card payment had been declined (it had expired due to the delay). Again no problem but they had my phone number
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    trigger reacted to wuvvum in Forma Fiat Croma Owna - My Turbo Swede WBOD   
    These are a superb car when they're right - proper sleeper.  Mine had a couple of issues (including lacquer peel) but went like the clappers.
    @trigger had a lovely example a couple of years back.
    How bad is the oil leak from the rocker cover gasket?
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    trigger got a reaction from LightBulbFun in TAXI FOR SALE!- Brookjm's new wheels guv'nor £800 long T&T   
    I will just leave my favorite road test of all time here for you to read (again).
     

     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 3 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 4 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 5 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 6 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 7 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
     

    Fairway 2.7 Silver Black Cab Road Test 1989 8 by Trigger's Retro Road Tests!, on Flickr
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    trigger got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Tippers plates and customer service...   
    I'm surprised to see this, I must admit there's a few specks in the black of the plate and £65 for two bits of painted tin with some plastic digits pushed on is expensive but they are what I expected. 
    One thing I will say though is that they took 3 and a half weeks to arrive and when I rang after 2 weeks, numerous times they never answered the phone, I ended up emailing them and they replied that they were struggling to get the white digits, they didn't they message me to tell me rather than leave me in the dark? 
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    trigger got a reaction from SiC in 1974 Dolomite Sprint   
    Strewth, that makes me feel better about mine, it's quite disheartening when you find it's worse than you expected but they are well worth doing and the values re only going one way. 
    Mines still away having a new sill fitted, jacking point replaced and front crossmember replaced, I dare not poke about anywhere else though! 
    Good luck with it
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    trigger got a reaction from Rab in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    I'm still chipping away at little jobs on this to keep me sane at the moment, mostly started with removing some of the tacky plastic chrome that had been added too it, unfortunately the stuff on the boot took the paint off so had to do a local repair as well as a dent on the sill of the front wing. 

    I've also swapped all the rusty wood screws for stainless screws which look a lot nicer, I did swap the screws in vin plate but  I'm not convinced it's the original... 


    I think I'm going to have to source a replacement! I then bought a pair of mirrors, after deciding where to fit them

    I went for the door and attacked it with a drill, scary! 

    They look good though! 

    I swapped the RAC badge for a more period 60s one that I had in a drawer. 


    And I've now fitted some front seat belts which took a bit of working out but seem OK, the seat hits the inertia when it's fully slid back but I don't think it will be a problem. 


    I've still got to fit the rear belts but they look a bit of a arse to fit so I'll need some help with those! 

    And I'm currently painting the wheels, I'm going for silver now but still can't decide on the white walls, it's £200 for 4 which isn't bad and I need two new tyres but can't decide if it will be a bit much? 

    And how it currently sits, I'm also thinking if changing the plates to black and white ones too. 





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    trigger got a reaction from Rab in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    That's the one! It's the previous owners wife beside him who passed away in January in that photo, she was a lovely lady always on hand with homemade cakes! 
    He rang me this morning to say that he had several boxes of spares to collect including a front and rear screen so as he lives near my work I'll get them collected on the way home tomorrow. 
    Thanks for the nice comments by the way
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    trigger got a reaction from vulgalour in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from vulgalour in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    So I made the decision what tyres to buy... 

    Yep, I gave in and bought a set of normal ones! I spent a couple of days painting the wheels and nipped over yesterday and had 3 tyres fitted for £130. They look perfectly fine too. 
    I've also repainted the bonnet latch back to silver, and the radiator panel from silver to black like they should be and fitted the correct lubrication plate and a new stamped up vin. 


    Then today I took it for its first proper drive to Felixstowe with my oldest daughter , its bloody lovely to drive! Sit's happily at 60mph and the stainless exhaust sounds like a little fart cannon! It got lots of compliments too which was nice. 








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    trigger reacted to wuvvum in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    I wish I was as good at "bodging" bodywork as you are...
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    trigger got a reaction from RobT in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from Amishtat in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from RayMK in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    So I made the decision what tyres to buy... 

    Yep, I gave in and bought a set of normal ones! I spent a couple of days painting the wheels and nipped over yesterday and had 3 tyres fitted for £130. They look perfectly fine too. 
    I've also repainted the bonnet latch back to silver, and the radiator panel from silver to black like they should be and fitted the correct lubrication plate and a new stamped up vin. 


    Then today I took it for its first proper drive to Felixstowe with my oldest daughter , its bloody lovely to drive! Sit's happily at 60mph and the stainless exhaust sounds like a little fart cannon! It got lots of compliments too which was nice. 








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    trigger reacted to Mally in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Normal on hills with the 3 speed box.
    4 speed floor change is a little better.
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    trigger got a reaction from Asimo in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from dome in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from adw1977 in 1974 Dolomite Sprint   
    So did I! I knew it had a small scab on the back of the sill and the mot was due shortly so went to see my tamed welder for a price on a patch, that was a depressing visit! 
    Basically a previous owner had fitted a new sill and rather than weld it on they had pop rivited it and then brushed over the bottom with seam sealer and schutz over it all... 

    The front jacking point needs replacing too

    I had to order a new sill from the owners club for £65 but I had to join the club to buy it which was another £27, oh and the new rear main oil seal is pissing out oil and the box needs to come back out again.
    I paid £6000 for it and probably getting on for another £1000 on top of that now. So much for paying top money so that I didn't have to do lots of work on it! 
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    trigger got a reaction from Vantman in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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    trigger got a reaction from MorrisItalSLX in My 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB   
    Hi all, we haven't really used this much with pissing COVID but have done a few little jobs here and there on it
    Fitted the rear seat belts so I can get my girls in it and had a couple of patches fitted under the rear seat. 

    Botched the scabby rear arch. 


    Repaired that crease in the front wing, this came out well considering but the paint match wasn't the best, still it's not bad for a rattle can. 


    And I splashed out on a set of new number plates from Tippers which cost a small fortune considering its just two pieces of tin painted gloss black with some plastic digits clipped on but I think they look better than the bent and wonky old plates. 






    Jobs still to do is the rear pinion seal on the diff as its leaking a fair bit and I think the timing needs looking at as the performance is a little flat and loses power on hills although it is a 60 year old 1508cc car so that might be normal? 
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