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  1. Between the 4 of us in our household we own 12 cars of which 7 are currently fully road legal and all get used most weeks,  2 stay on the road, 4 are on the driveway, 3 are garaged whilst the last  3 are stored elsewhere.


    We had the "change of use to vehicle storage/repairs" allegation thanks to a persistent and vindictive neighbour, the council sent various letters, I offered to send them all my V5's and car club membership cards, they had watched the house, then  dropped it all as in their words " if there were repairs being carried out it was not on  a level likely to be off interest to them and in any case anything to do with our own cars or our hobby is  not their  concern"


    Basically it was none of their business or our neighbour's for that matter. 


    The guy responsible for keeping an eye on council tenants who relishes moving anything not nailed down out of gardens once leaned over my drive gates and said "if you were  a tenant I would have this lot out in a flash" I replied "I know you, you're the guy with the red Peugeot 205,  the one all the local banger racers hate, should I tell them you live in ......." he promptly left


    Next door then tried reporting me to environmental health for making  noise all the time, I referred them to my planning letter and explained its hard to make noise when you are at work all day just ask the planning enforcement officer who came into my work to buy some parts, he was talking to my colleague and mentioned to him where he was working since he had left the Police force, I said "you once sent me a letter" he remembered the address and said "oh yeah your neighbour is the one who wont take no for an answer, did you ever finish your wife's kit car?"  


    I don't wish to tempt fate but its been 4 years since that last letter and back then we only had 8 cars between us...... :-)

  2. I saw Tonka's Civic today! In Boston of all places.



    We were stopping at Wainfleet in a cottage for the financial controller's birthday, took her to  Boston for some retail therapy and a spot of lunch, gonna be back there for a week next spring. Love the amount of older stuff on the roads and driveways in that area.     

  3. I need an outer CV joint for my 1985 Automatic Civic 1.3, I think I have found the correct one on Ebay but in the catalogue I have it doesn't say if it fits both manual and auto.......does anybody have an ADL or AMK catalogue or some way of cross referencing as the only Honda info I can find is that the outer CV is not a serviceable item ! .......TIA. 

  4. Sadly not a 2002 turbo it was a one owner 1602 I bought in 1986 for £360, GRP bumper found in Auto Trader and a set of replica arches......bit of work with masking tape and aerosols  after I painted it white and we had stripes.....   


    The Mustang 2 was swapped for the Charger and ended up in Newark, the Torino went to Sheffield...  

  5. Top left was a 1970 Torino 500  unmarked US Police car imported into the UK at 3 years old, no power steering and originally had a 427 Cobra Jet lump in it, that was the rumour which was confirmed when the truck-like  master cylinder failed and the only one that matched was as fitted to the Cobra Jet Mustang....I owned it twice this was the first time around, when I swapped it for a 260Z 18 months later it sat on massive wheels, was jacked up at the back and had twin exhausts.       

  6. With me it's seeing stuff at shows that was just cheap transport back in the day but many are now seen as rare, desirable and even valuable.....you know when you could buy a half decent car with tax and test for £50, I actually bought a Hillman Hunter for a mate just so he could go on holiday with us to Weymouth, I spent £80 and got a Magnum 1800 Estate thrown in the deal, the Hillman did 500 miles and never missed a beat.... the Magnum sold in the local paper for £90 when we got back.....those were the days.... 

  7. I had a 77 LTD 11 sedan with the twin stacked rectangular headlights running  a 302, it was sat on slot mags with just the cats and side exits...loud as fook it went well for such a big car as most of the emissions crap and air con had been ragged off, down side there were multiple big rusty lumps under the vinyl roof above the screen and it leaked like a sieve...... but I swapped it for my Mum's old Renault 5, six months later I swapped the LTD for a Torino 500 sedan which originally  had a 427 in it......sadly came to me sporting another 302......those were the days when the sound of a big V8 and LHD was easily bought for £500 or less.....    

  8. Used to be  a fairly frequent flyer in these parts then lots happened on the work front, then got made redundant and found myself out of work for a month during which time I bought this.....hope to make a start on its rebuild over the winter.




    The Gen 3 Civic we bought in 2012 turned out to be mainly made out of tack welded and sikaflexed panels underneath but after a lot of graft it has a whole new image.....might not be to everyone's taste but at least its got a second chance at survival now.CIVIC%20MID%20REBUILD_zpsaqsda6gn.jpg



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