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  1. I have perhaps 12ft-14ft of shelf space of car mags from the late 60s to the late 2000s. Lots of Car and Classics, lots of Classic Cars, quite a lot of Car and Motor mags too. Free tea, free coffee, free biscuits, free chat, free magazines, free collection. 


    Will I sort them out? Will I f***? You come with car boot empty of all those spares you think you may need but never do. You don't bring the kids as they take up valuable car magazine space. You don't bring the mrs as she will just complain about the fact that 1. you have driven miles to collect some shitey car mags and 2. they're going home, where you will fill the bog with them and subsequently take three hour dumps.*


    Collection only from the Forest - note, all other forests are mere imitations of THE Forest! That's the Forest just off the M50 and M5, but you knew that as there is only one true Forest. We're almost in Wales and the sheep run free here. The boars don't just live in the Forest, they live in the villages too, and thanks to the huge quantity of magazines available and only sheep to keep us company, we can rattle off all the vital statistics of a Hillman Imp Californian and tell the differences between an LX and a Ghia.


    Fill your boot - Special offer: take one magazine, get two free.


    Message me (but not when your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/sheep is about). If there are no takers I may be forced to get rid of them at the Forest Dump. Save them from that fate and take then now! Make it your New Year resolution to help clear my shelves.  DO IT NOW!


    *please note, I am not responsible for any marital disharmony as a result of you taking my shite and making it your shite.

  2. Those ones with the wiggly line around are 100% identical to the ones on my old Mondeo. Ford deffo used them, although they won't have been made specifically for Ford by McGuard so I bet they hawked them around every manufacturer.

    exactly the same as the ones on my Merc.

  3. We have run a transit for 9 years as a race van.

    An half decent one would cost all of your available cash and probably have around 100,000 on the clock.

    Someone has bought one on here recently but I can't find it at the mo.

    They are very nice to drive, and can be very good or a PIA.

    DMF problems, rust problems, size of the thing.

    Ours had a new flywheel and clutch before we bought it and we have done 90,000 in it so any time now!

    There are some decent conversions about, but the better they are the more they cost.

    me - 95,000 miles - 5yo, six seat crew van LWB full hi-top - was £7450! There's bugger all in decent nick when they get to shite prices (10yrs+ old, 250000 miles or with a list of faults longer than War & Peace - is the norm). I reckon the extra row of seats and windows cost me £2000 over the cost of a plain LWB van.


    I've had campers and motorhomes - from bedford CA to Mercedes 416cdi Rimor 747 and even a Land Rover dormobile. The Trannie is decent (mine is a 140T350 - 140bhp and 3.5 ton) but you can't easily drive it economically. Its 25-28mpg all day long at 60-90mph. If  was buying a van though, the Transit is best for ease of parts, etc. High top is essential. Try putting on a pair of trousers in a confined space when you cannot stand up and then you will never buy a low roof van.


    The Transit is a great place to be - and I genuinely love driving it, 75mph (on the speedo) is a happy cruising speed and the height is brill for looking over walls into gardens.  There's still bucket loads of space in the back and the bulkhead can be totally removed or just the top half removed (if a factory built conversion). The proper crew cab version has a full width seat for three that can be used at a push as a single bed! With an awning, kids could easily be accommodated in summer with a bed frame made in the rear, with space below for storage and enough space for a cooker on one side and shelves, cabinet on the other (or even a small toilet area). Oh, no need for blinds or curtains, simply buy some internal thermal screens.

  4. useful day today. Knock at the door at 11 and it's the knockers asking if they can take away the remains of the XM - helped them load it into the back of the van, found some more scrap, including a big chunk of cast iron,and said don't worry about the hatch as it's all plastic. They said, nah, we'll get rid of it. Signed the paperwork and off it all went. Felt generous for the sheer hassle free way of getting rid of what would have taken me half a day to cut up and two or three tip trips and gave them the box of XM copper wiring. A result! And wife is happy with tidier front drive again!

  5. Was there an earlier set of rules? After all, the Minor had its headlamps moved for regulations - I thought US but that they decided to apply it across the board. Then I think there was another change in the late 1960s, which drove the headlamp move on the Series Land Rovers, before a whole host of new Federal requirements in the Seventies that caused the MGB to have its suspension hiked.

    yes - Berkeley had lights on stalks for the US market, in the same way that in britain Messerschmitt got torpedo lamps at rear due to the fact that rear lights were too close together for c&u regulations.

  6. It was cheap when we bought it and our almost four years of motoring has cost £700 plus normal servicing and parts. I'm glad it's on a good home and that she will still be appreciated and used. Too cheap? Well, I knew she needed a few hundred thrown at her and I'm happy with the price we sold her for. Those miles have been done on long haul all over the uk and previously all the way to Spain and back. She flies, she never complains of a load on the back and has taken a huge amount of abuse with us. Tip runs, the odd tow job and on occasion six up. Comfortable, easy to drive and easy to park, it's been a pleasure to own her.

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