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    danthecapriman reacted to eddyramrod in OMG gas guzzler Yank tank: Bid accepted, car delivered!   
    Well I did it, I bought another car.  Went to see it on Tuesday (100 miles each way) and left a deposit.  Today I went back for it...
     
     
    So, after work and walking the dog, I persuaded MrsR to take me to the station...


    Where I boarded one of these...


    Which took me as far as Preston...

    Where I boarded one of these...

    Which took me to Manchester Victoria.  I caught the next train with mere seconds to spare, so no time for photography.  You haven't missed much, it's a gloomy hole.  However, here's the train I was on, at the other end (Durham)...

    Durham station looks like this...

    As arranged, I texted Alan (the seller) with my arrival time, and he picked me up...

    On the drive out of Durham to Tow Law, where he lives, he told me we would have to stop at his workshop and change cars, as he's arranged to take someone to a Prom Night.  I knew what was in his workshop (he showed me on Tuesday) so I didn't mind at all.




    His mate at the workshop next door has this...

    VW-powered sand rail!  And yes, road-legal too.  However, that wasn't the point of the trip.  So off we toddled in Alan's 1963 Cadillac, to his home where my purchase awaited me.  Damn shame it wasn't the Cadillac...  We were telling stories, as car blokes do, and I got a look at his Ford dayvan...

    And finally, to the point!  Someone sent me this link on Facebook...
    http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C504760
    I phoned, I travelled, I drove, I negotiated, I bought.


    I'm back in an American car, finally!   Not much of one, I suppose, being a relatively modern, smaller car with a V6 and even FWD, but still, it's the best thing I could get on a three-figure budget.

    I would never have left you without this, would I?  Have some interior pics too...



    The dash is a little chewed at both ends, but I've met a trimmer locally who might be able to deal with that.  One of the many jobs I need to get onto, beginning next week.  My drive home, accompanied by some of these entertainers...

    ...showed up some other stuff that wants doing, most notably the front suspension, which was lovely on the roads around Tow Law, and on the drive home, but all fell apart when it met the speed bumps around me.  Something isn't right, it shouldn't feel like it's hitting them that hard.  I have a feeling new springs may be on the cards.
    Still, it's a pleasure to drive apart from that.  There's quite enough power.  What I realised on the way home though, was what driving a car like this means to me.  It's contentment.  I feel at home, this is where I should be.  And now I am.
     
    I booked my train tickets online, using Trainline.com. 

    I told my neighbour who is a train guard, because he was arriving home just as I did tonight, and he said they are ripoff merchants.  50 quid and 4-1/2 hours?  He was horrified.  Anyway it's done now, and I've enjoyed it.  And I'm going to enjoy the Mercury.
     
    This car is my first American Ford, after several near* misses in the past, two of which were Mustangs of different types.  All the other American cars I've owned have been GM or Mopar.
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from Bobthebeard in Manual or Auto. What is your preference and why?   
    Autos for me. I don't really like small cars and always go for bigger stuff with the auto box. I don't really care about performance or omgmpg, I'd rather waft around in a big comfy, relaxing cruiser.
    I don't mind the extra looking after with autos either, ok if it goes bang it's probably a specialist job to fix but that rarely happens anyway. Oil and filter changes/levels are easy. I'd much rather look after an auto box than have to change clutches and heave gearboxes in and out.
     
    Manuals have a place too though, my Transit and works Sprinter are manuals and in a big van it's fine, probably more an advantage than an auto. My Capri is a manual too but that was just the way it was! If it was an auto I'd still of had it.
     
    Small cars are defiantly better as manuals, I do a bit of work on a K11 Micra now and again, it's a 1.0 auto and it's utterly vile to drive! Gutless as hell! The kickdown doesn't do sod all but make the engine note change. It's a hideous thing!
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    danthecapriman reacted to Richieg in 1978 Chrysler Alpine has some love and attention after 20 years   
    Hi Guys , 
    I just thought a few of you might be interested in some updates on my Chrysler Alpine .
    I bought this car quite a few years ago and it hadn't been on the road since 1994 ,where it was laid up in a garage in the west country somewhere . 
    Well i managed to buy it and then put it in the garage until i had the money and time to fix her up .
     
    Well i got a kick up the arse to do something about her because in July the Simca international meet will for the first time be held in England and at Beaulieu and a journalist wants to do a feature on my car .
    There is only one other Chrysler Alpine on the road as far as i am aware but they are not a member and we can't seem to locate the owner yet to find out ... rumour has it that it is residing in the Brighton and Hove area but isn't what you might call a show car ( without being disrespectful ).
     
    So i have two months to nurse my Alpine in to a drivable state ,i am not able to have it fully restored at the moment due to financial and time reasons but i have been getting it mechanically reliable and making the outside presentable for now so that i can enjoy her for what she is and once a few cars have been sold on and i have a few pennies in my pocket ,i will then lavish her with some rust free doors and new rear wings and a total respray.
     
    In the meantime i am very very lucky to have an excellent friend who knows these cars inside out and is willing to take time from his very busy schedule with his own restorations to put my car right and tidy it up so that i can participate in the shows and the international meet ...




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    danthecapriman reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Maestro Van - SOLD!   
    Mystery ends.

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    danthecapriman reacted to gtd2000 in Saudi Shite Spotting Commences!   
    Here I am again, risking life and limb to bring you folks shite in the desert:
     
    I first spotted this old Toyota Stout months back but could never find it again! The buggers had moved it further down the road off the beaten track.
     
    I don't believe I've ever seen one of these in the flesh before.
     

     

     
    More Yank shite just further up the road too:
     

     
    Emmissions are not a problem round here today, I suspect...
     

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    danthecapriman reacted to Ratdat in La cinq-cent dix   
    It's going to be a a similar colour to original but more of a sort of toffee brown than a mustard brown like it currently is. Basically, the colour that my other 510 is...
     

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    danthecapriman reacted to Ratdat in La cinq-cent dix   
    It's been a while since I updated this but that's because I've been busy with other things, primarily fixing a rusty Pony. That's been subject to a number of delays but is now progressing as it should. All of the rot in the right hand rear arch and sill has now been exchanged for fresh metal. I'm hoping that this is the worst bit as the other side doesn't look as bad. I do still have the rear chassis legs to tackle which I'm sure will be a right bastard of a job but I've got to get this done and painted so I can get back on with the 510. I also need the money from the sale of this one to pay for the blasting etc on the 510. I'm not about to start posting up progress pics of this all over my 510 thread but here's how it's looking at present...
     

     
    In other news, I finally got my zinc plating process all set up and pretty much ready to roll. I hope nobody peeks in through our spare room windows while we're out as they think it's a bomb factory or a meth lab or something.
     

     

     
     
    I'll probably start doing some bits next week as I'm going to try it out on a few under bonnet parts for the Cherry Europe. In my exitement, I also purchased this, an ultrasonic cleaner. I had a little one of these before that came from Lidl and it was really useful. This time I parted with a few more readies to get one big enough to fit a carburettor in as that's one of the things it's most useful for cleaning. Also, this one has a heater which should make it much more efficient.
     

     
    À bientôt!
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    danthecapriman reacted to gtd2000 in Saudi Shite Spotting Commences!   
    Nice old Datsun (620?) near Al Qatif:
     

     
    Truck load of Shite in Al Hofuf:
     

     
    Can anybody see the problem here?
     

     
    Saudi driving examples:
     

     

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    danthecapriman reacted to gtd2000 in Saudi Shite Spotting Commences!   
    This is my current conveyance
     
    The Toyota Fortuner - the most underpowered bag of Japanese shite I think I've ever driven, plus the stereo is a touch screen piece of crap from hell!
     

     
    Yank shite in Al Hofuf:
     

     
    Join the B Team:
     

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    danthecapriman reacted to gtd2000 in Saudi Shite Spotting Commences!   
    I've been pretty piss poor in updating this thread, mainly due to almost everything being blocked at work.
     
    I've just moved to a new office (& position) and for the moment it does not appear that big brother is active yet on this computer
     
    Here are some shots taken that I've upoaded to photobucket:
     
    Old Toyota Cressida in Al Hofuf:
     

     

     
    Chery "Honda" copy in Bahrain:
     

     

     
    Genuine Honda in Al Khobar:
     

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    danthecapriman reacted to gtd2000 in Saudi Shite Spotting Commences!   
    Some real shite in Al Jubail:
     

     

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    danthecapriman reacted to Herts van Rental in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    I was a member of the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane Club at the time and there were only 2 known to the Club in the UK and 5 worldwide. of this Model.& year.
    It was built at the Hudson factory south of London, and the first owner was the owner of "The Bestfolda Pram Company."
     
     

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    danthecapriman reacted to Conair in Ford Cortina's Mk3 & 5   
    Hi All
     
    Newbie here, please be gentle lol, got directed here by a good buddy who said it was a cool place to hang, i'll introduce my self, i'm Mike, late 20's and a Virgo, getting you exited yet lol enough on me here are my cars the most interesting bit
     
    I'll Start with My Mk5 Cortina Wagon '5
     
    Now 5 was brought from a local garage my family used for our repairs and bits call brands, my mum had just been diagnosed with MS which at the time meant she would need a wheel chair and my nans 3 wheeled robin rialto was'nt the best of machines for this duty so it was decided a bigger car was needed, we were passing brands when i spotted the old fella outside for sale, now 5 is a spit of one my grandad had in colour, spec and year, in fact i was to be my grandads last new car, it turns out that the previous owner who had had him from new decided that after 20 years time was up for him and got rid of him for a new focus (idiot lol) anyway a deal was struck and he was now a family member.



    My nan used him daily and i kept him running, then i took him over and ran him daily, we've had some right times together, one that always springs to mind is about 6 months after i passed my test i decided to vist my old man in halifax, now i live in suffolk so we're talking about a 500 mile round trip for someone who has'nt got much experience and never left the county in his own motor before, well the trip there went well, got a little cough about 3/4's of the way there and thought no more of it, well had a corking weekend and well chuffed with myself for the trip,well the return trip was where the fun was, the condenser was braking down and that cough was now the old fella trying to cut out, in fact he did at the top of the steepest hill in brighouse with my old man in his mustang at the bottom, S*ting myself in free fall i managed to bump start him with the momentum and stop in time,great start to the return trip lol this carried on for 250 miles on the M62, A1M and A14, every 2-3 miles bang as he cut and then bumped himself as i was doing 55is as this was the most we can do, i learned more about driving in that 1 trip than any of my lessons lol, well we made it, the old boy got me home safe, i fear if i had a new motor i would have been squashed on the M62 but i had 5 and together we made.



    Now i'm very attached to the old, i sunk a lot of money into him about 7 years to a restorer to do welding on him, money well spent, not the robbing time wasting *******.!!!!!!!!!! as you can tell it didn't quite work out but after agro, hassle it got done(ish) and i brought him home and hit the road again in blue and black until a local company sprayed him for me and he was one colour again and then that kind of brings us to were we are now, the old war horse who has helped my nan & mum, taught me valued driving experience and honed my mechanical skills, helped me move house, move my wife in with me and made countless men at the local tips smile when i rolled in, It 2009 his fuel tank spung a leak and i laid him up till i got a new well 4 1/2 passed before i got back to him, well after some work a new 2nd hand tank and some good friends he was back up and running again and has been since april, here are some pics to get started, sorry if i've waffled on but you know how it is when you get going lol
     

     

     

     

     

     
    Next I'll Tell you about the Mistress in my life, My Mk3 Cortina Grace
     
    I've know her since i can pretty much remember, my uncle was given her back in 91, he needed a car and his friend at the time was part of the family who owned the local scrapyard, Grace was a runner so he shot back to the yard and then brought her back to the pub for my uncle, death dodged lol, she was used and abused by my uncle, even caught fire when they were weld her and the back seat went up in flames, just about remeber sitting on my aunties lap at one point cuase of there being no rear seat, well my uncle got banned from driving for a short spell so decided to rebuild and turn her into a fast road toy and got quite away with this but to many house moves and kids stoped this and after dragging her around for over 10 years gave up and thats where me (at 14) came in and took over, not alot happend to start with but over the years i returned her to standish, more a money thing than anything else, I had a chap named Dom, who runs DLF classic's install an engine and get her MOT'ed for me, dude is a legend, and has run, used , showed and maintained her since, cover 11k in 5/6 years used daily like the wagon, been up and down and side to side of the country been to some awesome show ans met some awesome people, again i'm waffling so i'll shut up and post some pics.
     

     

     

     
    Hope i've posted in the right spot, look forward to spending some time on here and checking out whats on the go, thanks again all.
     
    Mike
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    danthecapriman reacted to eddyramrod in Time for a Fiesta! Ole! Caramba!   
    It's untaxed at the moment, and finishes tonight, before we can possibly complete the deal on the MR2.  And it's a roadtrip away... Swindon!  On the other hand, just look...
     
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261507313957?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

     
    Please, everyone, avoid bidding!  This has my name stamped right through it like a stick of rock!
     
    Now somebody buy Dave's Fiesta so he can buy my MR2 and I can actually pay for this..............
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    danthecapriman reacted to Herts van Rental in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    Now this thread has more or less come to a conclusion, I thought you might like to see my old Yank.
    A 1939 Hudson 2 door Coupe, I rebuilt this from a pile of rubbish and had only finished it one week, when
    a Film Producer saw a picture, drove North with a transporter and paid me whatever I asked, on the same
    month he bought 24 others similar age for a 35 second Street Scene in his Great Big Movie then flogged them on Fleabay.
     
     


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    danthecapriman reacted to STUNO in Text message received   
    look at this get it bought was the message.
     
    My reply was I want it but the Mazda has to be finished first (currently getting the worlds slowest engine rebuild).
    So I went to bed last night thinking NO NO NO.
    Woke up this morning ad looked at the ad.
    Rang the seller and bought it sight unseen.
    It's 500 km away ! That is quite a lot of miles too!
    Now tell me it's all wrong and don't touch an auto one because trans is built of cheese.
    I don't care. Collection on Tuesday
     
     
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=744635828

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    danthecapriman reacted to hauserplenty in Penalty of Ownership (Road Sofa Content)   
    So.
    Mr. Junkman of this here parish thinks interval wipers are decadent, loike. Well, who am I to argue?*
    * I've told you once...
    Well, squire, they're not decadent:
     

     
    ...THIS IS!
    A 1988 Brougham D'Elegance. (D'ecadence?) Of course this car has interval wipers, but that's not really the point, is it?
     
    Feeel thee reeech Coreenthion leather:
     

     
     

     
    The point is, this is truly decadent. On Broughams D'Elegance, you got an extra-soft leather cushion on all the seats. The extra money people paid for 'em was well worth it, I can assure you. It's really a posh Sedan DeVille near to the end of the car's run. Since Cadillac was committed to front-wheel-drive at this point, I get the feeling they were simply using up all the leftover parts to build these.
     
    I traded my GMC Slonoma for this car. It needed a bit of TLC when I got it of course:
     

     
    It was a week before I could set the timing properly. Since these cars run like shit when it's not right, I decided to improvise...
     
    Single-digit mileage at this point too, courtesy of this 5L (307ci) 'loominum-block mill:
     

     
    ...as well as a near-two-ton curb weight. Changing the oxygen sensor doubled the mileage. The one I replaced was likely the OEM sensor. Plus a tune-up. It co$t, but nothing like a Northstar would have. Yep, I learned that one the hard way, when I was delivering pizzas in a '97 Eldo. Each of the jobs on it cost $500. All the TLC on this was a bit less than that.
     

     

     
     
    It was just too good to walk away from. It's only my ninth Cadillac, so even though I knew what I was in for, I went ahead and rescued it. Because I knew what I was in for. DECADENCE, Cadillac style, mon frere.
     
    Because rational thinking is just not the Autoshite way...
     
    Dashboard shot from before I installed the factory tunebox:
     

     
     
    ...and, after. It matches the car, but it sounds like shit. Symphony sound my ass. The FWD models got the better stereo and climate control panels. This one has the amber LED display they used in the early 80's. The later ones had a florescent-green display which was easier to see in the daytime.
     

     
    With the money I saved, I could splash out for some posh floor mats. But...nah. Cell phone, GPS, a cup holder and blue mood lighting is about all I need for my road sofa. Hope no birds shit on it...It was garage-kept and has a full* service history. Little old lady, only drove it on Sundays. 143K miles...WCPGW?
     
     
    P.S. I don't make a habit of calling folks out on this board, but I must say, @Junkman: Your Psalm was brilliant, but I found your comment about cleaning tires with toothbrushes offensive*.
     
    *Buicks are for saints, dude. God drives a Cadillac. (Well, a chod god anyway!)  [/pisstake]
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from eddyramrod in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    I've payed the importers extra to have it undersealed at the same time as the MOT. Well worth it imho. That should keep it solid on the underside. Once I've got it home it'll be getting stood out in full sun for a day while I pump every seam and cavity with Dynax S50 wax!
     
    I'll do a collection report and pics as soon as I get it home. Can't wait!
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    danthecapriman reacted to nigel bickle in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    Its too old for an IVA. 
     
    10 years old or less -so yours, being confirmed historic by HMRC, is way too old.
     
    MOT & Register.
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    danthecapriman reacted to Ratdat in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    As above... pretty sure an IVA only applies to newer stuff.
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    danthecapriman reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    I didn't think it would need one either.
     
    Big PDF on gov.uk: 
     
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from HMC in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    Just a quick update on this, if anyone's still interested!
     
    The car finally arrived and was unloaded at Felixstowe in late May.
    The customs forms and NOVA declaration filled in and sent back, I had to wait for customs to decide how much duty and vat I owed them. I got a bill back for, duty: £0 and VAT: £ 477.96
    Bit of a result I think, and probably the only time I've been happy to pay the taxman! The reason it was so cheap is because the car is over 30 yrs old, you can apply for reduced rates based on the item being imported being classed as a collectors item! You don't automatically get this of course, you have to apply for it otherwise you pay standard rates.
    Once this was paid the car was released from the port, it was then picked up by the importers, converted to UK spec and prepared for its MOT. It needs a few silly bits sorting for MOT but nothing major.
    When I spoke to them about the MOT repairs they said it was a good car, no rust anywhere, floors and chassis like new etc which was a relief since I've never actually been able to see what I've bought!
     
    Once the MOT is in the bag, it should be a case of an IVA test then DVLA registration. Then it's all mine. Shouldn't be long now!
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from eddyramrod in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    Just a quick update on this, if anyone's still interested!
     
    The car finally arrived and was unloaded at Felixstowe in late May.
    The customs forms and NOVA declaration filled in and sent back, I had to wait for customs to decide how much duty and vat I owed them. I got a bill back for, duty: £0 and VAT: £ 477.96
    Bit of a result I think, and probably the only time I've been happy to pay the taxman! The reason it was so cheap is because the car is over 30 yrs old, you can apply for reduced rates based on the item being imported being classed as a collectors item! You don't automatically get this of course, you have to apply for it otherwise you pay standard rates.
    Once this was paid the car was released from the port, it was then picked up by the importers, converted to UK spec and prepared for its MOT. It needs a few silly bits sorting for MOT but nothing major.
    When I spoke to them about the MOT repairs they said it was a good car, no rust anywhere, floors and chassis like new etc which was a relief since I've never actually been able to see what I've bought!
     
    Once the MOT is in the bag, it should be a case of an IVA test then DVLA registration. Then it's all mine. Shouldn't be long now!
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    danthecapriman reacted to Bren in Huge Yank shite bought!   
    If i could chose a 70's yank barge I would like an LTD.
     
    Preferably in metallic brown with black steels - just like Burt Reynolds wheels in the film White Lightning.
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